132KV power cable over school gives tension to students

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, CHARIKOT

May 17, 2018-The students of Devi Secondary School in Bhimeshwor Municipality-8, Dolakha, feel unsafe in their classrooms because of a high-tension line that pass right above their school building.

As the 132KV transmission line hangs above the metal roof of the school, classes are cancelled whenever there is a rain, thunderstorm or high wind.

The school says it lacks the fund to shift the school to a safer location. The district branch office of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is also powerless about the situation. An NEA official said construction of any structure within nine-metre distance of a transmission line is not permitted by regulation and  reorienting the power line is not a practical solution.

Kaji Budathoki, a local man, said the school and the parents have repeatedly urged the lawmakers from their area as well as the concerned government agencies to take steps to relocate the school, but to no avail. The school building, which was damaged in the 2015 earthquake, was reconstructed at the same site with Rs 9.8 million fund from the District Education Office because the school did not have a safer place to set up its classrooms.

Published: 17-05-2018 07:17

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