BESCOM  awareness – Deaths due to electric shock

BESCOM awareness – Deaths due to electric shock

BESCOM is in awareness mode as the number of deaths are increasing due to electrocution in the city of Bengaluru.  Accidental electrocution continues to be a significant cause of death.

The number of electrical accidents that have been reported in Bengaluru in the past weeks, we see a higher number of electrical accidents in the last four years.

Illegal buildings, official apathy and negligence of people cause maximum deaths.

Electric shock :

Electrical shock occurs when a person touches any electrically charged object while at the same time touching another surface that can conduct the electricity to the ground.

Common sources of electrical shock are bare and damaged wires, machinery and tools, and extension cords. Proper grounding and electrical safety devices can help prevent electrical shock.

Death due to electrocution :

According to the data shared by Bescom there have been a total of 509 deaths due to electric shocks.


While citizens in Bengaluru face issues with dangling cables all around, the number of deaths caused to this carelessness suggests the issue is of prime importance. Be it optical fibre cables or live electric wires, recent incidents generate fear and panic among pedestrians and others alike.

Electrocution :

Electrocution is death caused by electric shock, electric current passing through the body. The word is derived from “electro” and “execution”, but it is also used for accidental death.

The health hazard of an electric current flowing through the body depends on the amount of current and the length of time for which it flows, not merely on the voltage.  However, a high voltage is required to produce a high current through the body.

This is due to the relatively high resistance of skin when dry, requiring a high voltage to pass through. The severity of a shock also depends on whether the path of the current includes a vital organ.

Statistics of electrocution death :

BESCOM data further indicates that 14 other deaths have taken place other than this already this year. While 283 deaths took place in 2015-16, the same was 235 for 2016-17. The death toll raised to 239 and then to 283 in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. However, BESCOM states that 367 of these in total occurred due to the victim’s fault.

Residents welfare associations involved :

Residents associations and associations in apartments and have also been  asked to get involved in conducting workshops in coordination with local Bescom officials on safety measures to be observed in their residential complexes.

Causes of electrocution :

The causes of electrocution are numerous. Burgeoning population, unauthorized constructions and official apathy caused 500 deaths due to electrocution over a period of just four years.

Sometimes people construct high rise buildings without taking permission from the concerned authority.  Unauthorized buildings invariably land up very close to live electrical wires which render especially women and children vulnerable to electrocution.

All these electrocution cases were registered in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).

Technical and behavioural issues :

There are two issues. They are the technical as well as behavioural issues which lead to electrocution cases.

Technical issues pertaining to live wires lying on the ground, improper insulation of electric wires, and transformers taking heavy load; while on the behavioural front it is mostly children and unsuspecting people who are vulnerable to getting electrocuted.

The children get in contact with live electric wire while playing on terraces or hear electric poles.  Women get come close to live wire while drying clothes.

Scary past incidents :
  • May 2019 : Eight-month-old boy electrocuted while playing in a shed in Kodihalli
  • April 2019: Nine-year-old-boy injured after coming in contact with a live wire in Mahalakshmi Layout
  • April 2019: Thirteen-year-old boy electrocuted at Jeevan Bima Nagar as he tries to pluck a mango from a tree
  • February 2019: Seven-year-old-boy electrocuted while playing in a park in Banaswadi

All these deaths would have been avoided if the BESCOM had taken strict action on those who violated the law. 

Awareness  by Bescom :

Bescom has now also started creating awareness against electric shocks through ignorance by circulating pamphlets on social media and distribution of pamphlets by Bescom officials in various areas.

On May 20, Bescom put up a pamphlet on its social media pages titled, ‘Safety of your life is our priority’ and shared tips for people to avoid electric shocks.

Prevention :

Many people do not recognize electrocution hazards until it is too late. Farm workers, children and family members should learn about common electrical dangers, know what safety precautions to take, and know how to react in case of electrical emergency.

Plug into safety :

Always observe safety measures. The Dos and Don’ts are given below :

Dos :

  1. Educate children regarding electric safety and to be away from Electrical wires.
  2. Always ensure that the plug socket is out of reach of children
  3. Use 3 pin plug sockets and ensure that the third point is earthed
  4. Get wiring work done through a Government Licensed Electrical Contractor
  5. Ensure that installation is provided with suitable grounding/earthing
  6. Always use ISI certified Appliances, Wires and Cables
  7. Check Electric gadgets regularly for Safety
  8. Get Gadgets repaired by authorized electricians only.

Don’ts :

  1. Do not construct buildings close to electrical wires
  2. Do not touch snapped electrical wires/un-insulated wires Call 1912 immediately
  3. Do not operate electrical switches / equipment with wet hands
  4. Do not tie banners or publicity material to electricity poles
  5. Do Not use guy wires tied to a pole for drying clothes
  6. Don’t climb electric poles
  7. Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
  8. Do not cut trees/branches near the overhead lines
  9. Do not try to remove or chop trees fallen on electrical lines
  10. Do not Energize fences
  11. Do not take un-authorized connections from BESCOM lines.

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru prepared for the coming Monsoon ?

Monsoon – Is Benglauru really prepared to face the coming Monsoon season.  With so many works under process one can imagine the plight of people during monsoon.

Even the best planned cities in the world may not be able to withstand nature’s fury, but all it takes for Bengaluru to crumble is just one rain. 

If the havoc wreaked by the pre-monsoon showers recently is any indication, the actual rainy season is certain to be a real hell, due to the complete lack of preparedness. 

Pre-monsoon showers, which saw houses flooded, traffic disrupted, trees and electric poles crashing and roads developing pot holes has already given Bengalureans a taste of things to come this monsoon season.

Same problems – every monsoon season :

Rapid urbanization lead to depletion of grasslands, draining of lakes, etc.  The population growth happened un-proportional to the Infrastructure growth. 

Pothole-riddled roads, sewage-infested lakes, stinking primary drains, slushy garbage floating on the sides of the roads and people buying boats to navigate roads which have turned into rivers. 

This was Benglauru in a nutshell after monsoon had wreaked havoc in the city in recent years.

Every year it is an all too familiar story of flooding, falling trees and power outages, but the civic and utility agencies rarely take precautionary measures.  They will be caught totally unawares when the skies open up.

With its waving topography, Bengaluru should never have faced the problem of flooding, but unplanned growth and illegal constructions have hindered the free flow of water to the hundreds of lakes that once dotted the city. 

Are Storm water drains Monsoon ready?

Work on building walls for storm water drains was stopped due to election code of conduct. This has also hampered the efforts to conduct survey to identify old and vulnerable trees. 

Bengaluru has approximately 842 kms storm water drain network built specifically to avert flood.  Only 300 to 400 kms. Of this network has permanent walls which are necessary to prevent rainwater from overflowing on to streets.

The reason for flooding in choking of road side drains with debris and silt.  The BBMP removes silt from roadside drains but the silt remains. This leads to usual flooding of roads.

Drains lack walls and overflowing lakes :

Building walls are one problem whereas silt accumulation is another.  This has reduced the carrying capacity of drains.

The existing lakes do not have the holding capacity as they have not been de-silted for years, leading to overflowing and consequent flooding. 

Accumulation of silt has reduced the water storage capacity of the lakes in the city.  Even a short spell of rain can result in choked and overflowing drains.  The city’s drains cannot take heavy rain.

Falling trees :

Once upon a time, Bengaluru was known for its green cover.  But the green cover is its most vulnerable and dangerous commodity when it pours.

Falling trees can cause huge damage.  They cut out power lines and falling trees causes blocked roads.

The BBMP has handed over the task to forest cell to identify and secured old and vulnerable trees.  but conducting a tree survey is a time consuming job and requires co-ordination among different organisations.

BESCOM and BWSSB’s contribution :

The contribution of the water and electricity supply agencies, BWSSB and BESCOM, to the mess is also in no meagre measure. Though monsoon is round the corner, BWSSB is still continuing with its digging activities in many areas.

While BBMP fails to remove weak, old and dead trees in advance, BESCOM’s inefficiency in pruning branches that touch electric lines is one of the reasons for power failure at the first sign of rain.

Reasons for traffic jams during monsoon period :

Eain water logging in the city

People tend to take the main roads to avoid the shorter routes as they get water logged and are not really safe.  This increases the vehicle destiny sharply on the road.

There are trucks and other large vehicles on the same roads which take much of the area and they move quite slow as well.

The rains in here are usually accompanied by strong winds causing trees or branches to be uprooted. This blocks a significant part of the road.

People are cautious and tend to drive slower when it rains so even if the roads are clear the vehicles move slowly.

Water logging : a good chuck of already over burdened roads are rendered useless due to water logging. 

Areas underneath flyover act as a shelter for two wheelers from rain.  Many vehicles parked causes congestion.

Low visibility and safety concerns result in slow driving.

White topping of roads is a major concern in monsoon season :

A new scheme White-Topping under which it was planned to concretize all major arterial roads of the city is still going on. The lack of planning resulted in a very haphazard construction under the scheme.

There are certain two-way roads, only half of those are completed the rest of the half are still dug which will result in further inconvenience to citizens. Even few showers can result in flash floods and bring the entire city to a halt. Sadly, rain readiness begins as the rainy season begins.

Conclusion :

Why is the cleaning works not done on a regular basis, when a full team is employed to do such works. 

The rains will come and go. What we have seen, also, is that governments that promise to improve the infrastructure, clean up the city, and make Bengaluru ‘world-class’ also come and go.

But, for the most part, they don’t have the technical competence to develop the city, the administrative diligence to accompany it, or the political will to actually serve the public. On that front, it has been raining for decades.

Last year several rain-related deaths were reported in the city because of unpreparedness of the authorities. 

BESCOM official caught by ACB

BESCOM official caught by ACB

The ACB officials of Benglauru caught Mr.Shiva while accepting a bribe of Rs.1.1 lakh.

The complainant had applied for conversion of domestic meter to commercial   (class 2 to class 3) at the BESCOM, Kaggadasanapura Officer.  

The accused BECCOM Assistant Engineer Tausif had demanded Rs.1.10 lakh to get the work done.

Both are arrested and the trap amount is seized.

Traffic Mess – Model code of conduct – Bengaluru

Traffic Mess – Model code of conduct – Bengaluru

Traffic mess will be unbearable once the elections are over at Bengaluru.  Once the elections get over, the projects which have been stopped due to model code of conduct will start.

In modern life one has to face with many problems one of which is traffic mess becoming more serious day after day. It is said that the high volume of vehicles, the inadequate infrastructure and the irrational distribution of the development are main reasons for increasing traffic mess in the city.

Why is Bengaluru  gridlocked with traffic mess?

Everyone agrees that it was because of the rapid – and unplanned – growth of Bengaluru city.  Bengaluru  is often described as the Silicon Valley of India as it is home to the IT industry.

Since the early 1990s, global technology firms began opening offices here and a large number of support industries have grown around it, bringing with them a huge influx of people from all over India.

The population has doubled, but the infrastructure has failed to keep pace.  Most people are dependent on private transport. Every day, million vehicles enter from outside the city, clogging its already choked streets.

Temporary solution to traffic mess :

Road widening is being done at some places. At best it is a temporary solution.

Besides it is unfair to the people  who have built houses/buildings and shops legally along the road.  To accommodate a temporary passing vehicle,  that comes from some distant part of the city, asking the permanent residents to move out to make way for them.

 It makes more sense to tell the vehicle owners that they are encroaching on the space legally owned by others. When space is at a premium, and a fixed permanent asset like a building/shop/office/residence has to compete with a moving vehicle, for space, how fair is it to ask the building to get lost so that space for a car is made available?

After the road is widened, after a few years when even more cars are to be accommodated, will it help in start demolishing the fixed structures? When and where will this stop? 

Public transport to ease traffic mess:

Pretty much everyone agrees that Bengaluru’s  traffic problems are to be solved by increasing the usage of public transport options. The question is, what is an actionable plan to do that? Such a plan need to evolve around two cornerstones:

  1. Increase  the use of public transport, and
  2. Decrease the use of private, single occupancy transport.

Reality Check: Bangalore’s rising traffic concerns :

Bengaluru has seen this phenomenon at its worst. “The traffic is definitely a mess here,” says a transport and traffic expert.  “It’s faster to walk than drive.”

Being late to something as important as a meeting or presentation cannot be excused with a reason as trivial as too much traffic. However, that’s often a reality faced by employees and clients after they wade their way through the horrors of the gridlock. 

Understanding the problem – Traffic mess :

To solve, or rather to ‘minimize’, this problem as a collective, one must first understand the problem. The Bengaluru traffic congestion issue is a direct result of there being more vehicles on the road met with the general inadequate infrastructure to handle it. The only logical solution is to somehow reduce this number.

Better public transportation options would definitely help but this issue is not one which can be indolently left to the government alone to handle. It’s up to  the citizens, to reduce the number of wheels on the road.

Carpooling thus becomes an excellent option in this situation as it would not be too hard to find people who share  route to work every morning. It’s cost effective and would ease the congestion on the road. This must be better encouraged by companies.

Cable & Road work contribute to Traffic mess :

Driving on the namma city’s roads are a nightmare once the elections are over.  All the projects have been stopped due to elections model code of conduct.  Once that expires, the civil agencies will launch the work.

Brace yourselves.  Once the work starts it will coincide with the pre-monsoon showers of  May month and monsoon showers from June onwards. This is definitely add to the misery.

The BBMP and Bescom will start its work in most parts of the city from the month of May.   The Bescom work is for laying underground cables in 53 sub-divisions worth Rs.4800 crore. 

The work will start in 19 sub-divisions once the model code of conduct is lifted in the city.  Once the elections are over, the civic body will continue with the Tendersure and white-topping works.

BESCOM & BBMP work :

The first phase of Bescom work will start from May 27 in HSR Layout, Indiranagar, Benniganahalli, Peenya, Mahalakshmi Layout, Malleshwaram, Sadashivanagar, Vijayanagar and other places. 

According to BBMP officials the white-topping and Tendersure work will continue after the elections. Ward work will be taken up in Malleshwaram, Peenya, Shivajinagar, Chamarajpet, Lingarajapuram, Yelahanka and Hebbal.

Public opinion on Traffic mess :

Karnataka road tax charges are amongst the highest in the country. going by this alone, the road users who pay such hefty road tax expect good roads, parking facilities ( may be pay and park), clean roads, strict enforcement of road etiquettes and traffic rules. However, what you find are bad roads with filth lying all around and unruly traffic.  

Bengaluru  cannot be permitted to degenerate the way it is doing now. Hope the Bengaluru  traffic police and the Karnataka government together take appropriate action immediately.

The city’s traffic jams make it the sixth-most painful worldwide for commuters and second-worst for parking after New Delhi.

Any other reasons ?

The reasons which contribute significantly in making Bengaluru traffic worst :

  1. Common office/school timings :  School and offices use busses for their employees and students respectively.  Thee busses come on the streets at similar timing and hinder the traffic.
  2. Cars : Most of the IT professionals use cars to travel to work.  This takes up a lot of space per person on already narrow streets.
  3. Ineffective public transport :  The reason people use cars is because, the public transport is inefficient.
  4. Vicinity of IT parks :  Major IT parks in Bengaluru are located on a single belt, which makes the matters worse on the city roads.
  5. Us/Public : even we the public are responsible.  There is inefficient traffic management, but we can follow road discipline ourselves, the situation could become a lot better.

Power cables – going underground – Bengaluru

Power cables will be going underground.  No overhead cables in 3 years. 

Dangerous electric cables hanging

Outages is common in many parts of Bengaluru during monsoon. Also when trees and branches fall on power lines during gusty winds.

The idea is to ensure quality and reliable power supply to customers and to reduce transmission losses.

Reasons for underground power cables:

Under-grounding all existing overhead lines will help BESCOM in the long term.  The present transmission loss of nearly 10%-15% could be reduced to less than 6% – 8% when all overhead power cables are moved underground.

BESCOM is planning either aerial bunching or covered conductors in densely populated areas where the underground plan is not feasible.  The idea is to ensure quality and reliable power supply to customers and also to reduce transmission losses.

Cost of power cables going underground:

The BESCOM will start laying 18900 kms of underground cables from April 2019 at a cost of Rs. 4500 crore.

Tender have been invited for laying of underground cables.  The distance is 6900 km. of low – tension and 12000 km. of high-tension lines across Bengaluru. Amount was allotted for this project in the last state government budget.

Laying of underground power cables:

The work has already started in Peenya, HSR Layout and Whitefield along with some core areas of the city. 

According to BESCOM Managing Director underground power cables had already been laid in 30% of Bengaluru. Rest will be covered under the project.  All the details consisting of the work module, list of areas where the power cables to be laid are ready.

Laying underground power cables

The BESCOM will utilize the ducts on Tender SURE roads for laying the cables.  Simultaneous BESCOM is  building its own communication system. 

Outsourcing of laying cables:

Bescom is planning to outsource the laying of Optic Fibre cables to other agencies like BWSSB, the police or other private companies. 

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

Gultoo

Cyber crime, the worlds most dangerous and hidden crime growing its roots stronger and faster than anything in the current digital era. Most of the cyber crime in the recent time has literally shook the world, especially the buzz that happened with regards to the data of the users in the most famous medium – Facebook. This movie has shed lights on the darker side of the cyber crime considering the data leakage or data theft by creating a genre of its kind with an entertainment bonanza with a peek insight of information.

Alok, the depraved hero (though he is portrayed as a decent and good academic guy) in this movie who aspires to become an entrepreneur by having his own start up. So, does he achieve his dream in doing so? Well, thats what the movie speaks about with his intellectual and wicked sense of achieving the same. The best part of the movie is the idea behind the Alok’s aspiration i.e. making use of digital medium with his brain effectively, which can be said as a deadly combination of brain and the digital medium !

The film starts with a brief introduction about the digital era and cyber crime to the viewers. Coming to the plot of this movie – “SUDHAAR Card” (which is nothing but the AADHAAR card), an unique identification provided by the government of india to all of its citizens. This plot provided an intense information about the data stored online in an encrypted way can still be taken away with a mechanism of hacking! Where every audience will start thinking about his/her data can be lost at any point of time. And of course, what are the consequences that can arouse by losing such vital data from the billions of people in the nation.

Sonu gowda has literally made a come back with her 2 shaded performances in this movie. One as an innocent computer science teaching staff in a private computer coaching centre and a high profile CBI officer who deals with the hero in order to find how the data leakage happened and how the same can be reverted by getting back the lost data from Alok. Janardhan chikkanna, the director and the captain of the ship has proven to the kannada cinema industry that a movie of such a genre can be made in our industry too.

The freshness in his narration depicts the amount of research he has made to make this movie and really deserves an applause from the audience. The instrumental cast – including Rangayana Raghu as the chief minister, Pawan Kumar as an ethical hacker and Avinash as a police officer, does its part and are able fully justify their support to the screenplay.

Does Alok escapes from the cyber crime web? Will the CBI and team succeed in getting back the lost data of billions of people of the nation? For the answers, do watch the movie and its worth watching !!

11 Electric Charging stations by Bescom at Bengaluru to be set up:

11 Electric Charging stations by Bescom at Bengaluru to be set up:

In order to encourage increased use of electric vehicles, BESCOM will soon start an awareness campaign advertising the new rates for electric vehicle charging stations fixed by Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC).

Recently several privately-owned EV charging points have come-up in and around the city. This has been made possible by the special tariff announced by the KERC. However, users still say that the penetration of these charging points, in the outskirts of the city as well as on the highways, needs to be far higher to instill confidence to opt for electric vehicles.

BESCOM is also planning a network of 11 charging points for Bengaluru in addition to around 129 more being planned by other agencies like the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and Namma Metro.  Ather Energy, a startup, announced the creation of AtherGrid, a network of 60 charging points in the city, making it possible to find a charging point every 4 km. This network will be in place by the end of the year according to the company making it more feasible to invest in an electric vehicle.

Charging station locations at Namma Bengaluru :

4 sub-division office, Peenya

C6 sub-division office, Mathikere

C7 sub0division office, Yelahanka

E8 sub-division office, Banaswadi

Kathriguppe O&M office

Indiranagar division, office, HAL 2nd Stage

Mahadevapura O&M Office

S7 sub0division office, Murugeshpalya, HAL

HSR Division office, HSR 2nd Sector

BTM O&M Unit-2, BTM Layout.

In the coming days, the BESCOM will look for spaces around BBMP head office, Metrol rail parking lots, BMTC depots, bus terminals, BWSSB offices and other government offices.

Power tariff to increase for the second time

Power tariff to increase for the second time

BESCOM consumers have to shell out additional 14 paise per unit of electricity as the KERC has revised power tariffs.

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has directed all Escoms to collect an additional fuel adjustment charges (FAC).  The Becsom will charge its consumers an extra of 14 paise per unit irrespective of the sector and units consumed.

It was brought to the notice that from April to September, the FAC was not levied.  The FAC amount will be clearly listed in the consumer bills to understand. This is also an indication that the consumers should use the electricity wisely in future as it is becoming costly.