Ghaziabad's electricity department has decided to prune the city's overgrown trees to prevent the tripping of power lines.
With strong winds blowing across the city over the past few days, the number of power cuts owing to branches falling on the power lines has gone up.
The trees that lie right below or near the electricity lines have become a major problem during and after the rains. The branches that touch the cables often conduct and draw electricity, causing short circuits and tripping. In some instances, strong gusts have caused branches to break and fall on the cables, disrupting power supply.
Speaking to City Spidey, MC Sharma, superintending engineer of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), said the decision had been taken as a preventive measure against the frequent tripping of power lines. “The sub-divisional officers, or the SDOs, of different areas will carry this out routinely,” added Sharma.
The locations where the trees are touching the lines will be identified and pruned first.