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Ha Noi aims to reduce power safety violations

Update: February, 15/2016 - 08:00
Electrical lines along Tan Mai Street in Ha Noi's Hoang Mai District threaten residents' safety and the electrical network. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi has targeted a reduction in violations of safety regulations for the high-voltage grid by 30 per cent this year, the municipal Department of Industry and Trade has said.

Le Hong Thang, director of the department, who is also deputy head of the city's steering committee on the high-voltage grid safety corridor, said that the violations on safety regulations for the high-voltage grid in 2015 had reduced compared to the previous year, but still remained complicated.

Figures from the steering committee revealed 604 cases of violations. Of these, 281 had been solved, while the rest remained unresolved.

In 2014, there were more than 880 violations, but only 236 cases had been handled.

A lack of knowledge about power safety among residents and contractors of construction projects, was the main reason of the violation, he said.

Thang said the city's People's Committee had guided the Ha Noi Electricity of Viet Nam, the city police, Ha Noi High-voltage Grid Company and local authorities in the districts to strengthen inspections of the power network at Chem-Hoan Kiem Lake, Mai Dong-Phuong Liet, Chem-Thanh Xuan, and Ha Dong-Thanh Cong to avoid more violations on these routes.

He expected the electricity companies to report to the steering committee if and when any violations were discovered. The inspection on building projects should be implemented regularly, especially the residential housing projects in rural areas.

Project investors and contractors must sign an agreement to assure safety, he said.

Thang also said the steering committee would work with the local committee in districts to set up a plan to crack down on violations on the high-voltage grid safety corridor, that have been happening since last year. — VNS

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