KE not responsible for fatal accidents: spokesman

KARACHI: K-Electric has refuted the allegations hurled by some officials of the Sindh government the utility company was responsible for the fatal accidents caused by electrocution in parts of Karachi.
The K-Electric spokesperson said while neglecting their own responsibilities to their constituents, government officials were busy trying to pin blame on K-Electric to hide their own shortcomings.
KE’s spokesperson said after hearing of the electrocution of two persons near Madni Pakwan Centre in Buffer Zone, Sector 15-A, it had immediately dispatched its teams to the site to investigate the cause of the problem and rectify it accordingly.
However, upon reaching the site KE’s employees discovered the cause of the tragedy was due to the individuals falling in a trench, which had been recently dug up to lay down telephone lines.
In fact, there were no KE installations of LT (low tension) or HT (high tension) poles in the vicinity of the site of the accident, according to the utility company. Hence KE’s spokesperson said the Company was not directly or indirectly responsible for the accidents.
To prevent further accidents, KE’s team took the onus of closing the excavation and subsequently informed the North Nazimabad Town administration of this measure. Regarding the news report there was a death due to electrocution at Korangi Chamra Chowrangi, KE’s spokesperson said the utility company had not received any such information.
When KE was informed about an electrocution-related accident at Bohra Pir Choona Bhatti in Ranchor Lane, it took immediate action to remove the fallen electricity cables from the ground.
According to KE’s spokesperson, the cables in that area frequently snap due to people illegally using them to install hook (kunda) connections. He said the fallen cables subsequently pose a safety hazard for pedestrians during the monsoon season.
KE’s spokesperson said the organisation has been actively disseminating information over the past several years to spread awareness about this risk through the mass media as well as other channels. The spokesperson said customers have been repeatedly advised to refrain from installing hook connections as this practice could end up endangering other people’s lives.

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