|Around 73 accidents had occurred within the safety zone set - known as the "protection corridor" - this year as a result of the violations.— Photo hanoimoi
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi Electricity Corporation (EVN) on Monday said that there had been 987 cases of people ignoring the declared safety zone around high-voltage power lines in the city this year.
EVN Ha Noi's Deputy Chief of Office, Hoang Anh, said the number of violations involving power lines in 2014 had decreased by 16 per cent from 1,176 last year, below the target set by the city People's Committee.
"Efforts in improving the power grid's capability has helped decrease the violations", she said.
Around 73 accidents had occurred within the safety zone set - known as the "protection corridor" - this year as a result of the violations. According to the national electricity supplier, most of the accidents were associated with failures to maintain safe distances from power lines, sometimes resulting in collisions, or widespread power outages.
Underground power cables were also reported to have been damaged at road work sites and construction sites during blackouts.
EVN Ha Noi maintained that it had been monitoring the city power grid's high-voltage power lines stretching 698,583km and needed to cooperate with local administrations to enforce its protection corridors.
The corporation is working with the city Department of Industry and Trade, Department of Construction, Ha Noi Police and local People's Committees to conduct inspections of the high-voltage power grid safety corridor.
Hoang Anh also said that violations would incur strict penalties under the law.
She also said that local authorities connected to the power lines should maintain close contact with EVN Ha Noi to develop plans to protect the power grid and stop violations. — VNS