On Dec 21, 2014, four passengers sitting on the roof of a bus were electrocuted. Over 10 others were injured in the incident when they jumped off the roof to escape the wires.
It is a sad incident. But we don’t seem to have learnt the lesson. And there is no reason to believe that such incidents will not be repeated.
Few months back I was walking along the road in Anamnagar when I saw a group of people gathered in the Chowk. "Watch out, there’s an electric cable," they were shouting. I realized I had been saved from touching a bare wire.
These are just examples.
These wires can result in fire that can destroy huge amounts of property. We have already witnessed such incidents in Kathmandu.
Few weeks back the chief of the Juddha Fire Brigade Kishor Kumar Bhattarai said in BBC Sajha Sawal that the hanging and unmanaged wires have created hurdles for fire brigades. “It’s difficult for us to work properly. The dangling electric wires make things worse,” he was saying.
What if anyone is killed because of such negligence? Would anyone take responsibility?
We always talk about increasing the number of tourists in the country, but we never care about what they think of us. This clearly reflects the weaknesses and irresponsibility on the part of the government - shouldn't something that's easily visible to everyone instigate it to manage them? Yes, the country is in political transition currently, and our leaders are focusing on the constitution drafting. But this should not be an excuse.
These days everyone of us receives a message from Nepal Telecom and Ncell requesting us to join the Bagmati River cleaning campaign. The campaign has become popular as it is backed by top officials including chief secretary of the government. And, it has certainly brought about positive results.
Shouldn't we launch similar campaign to manage the wires? There'll be no need to call for volunteers as there are hundreds of government employees who are paid by the NEA, municipalities, DDCs and other government offices.
The private cable and internet service providers should also come together in managing these wires as they are also one of the major contributors to the current state of unmanaged wires.
If there is a will, there is a way. I think it's not difficult to manage those wires, and make our villages and cities safe and beautiful.