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The KSEB has unilaterally issued an order allowing Reliance Jio InfoComm Limited (RJIL) to draw optical fiber cables on electric posts, despite BSNL’s request for the same facility.

KSEBOA and KSEBWA have demanded the government cancel the controversial decision.

Strong criticism has been directed at Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for deciding to permit Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) to utilize their power posts to draw optical fiber cables. The contentious decision has been revoked, according to the KSEB Officers Association (KSEBOA) and the KSEB Workers Association (KSEBWA).

The state-run telecom company BSNL has previously made a proposal to have its optical fiber connections installed on power poles. However, the KSEB had taken the position that BSNL cables could only be placed on poles that were not in use by TV cables in response to BSNL’s appeal. The KSEB, however, has subsequently decided to let RJIL use this facility on its own.

A committee led by the Chief Electrical Inspector made the decision to allow only one cable per post in response to the debate about hanging TV cables on the posts. Even these cables are proving to be a challenge for electricity distribution line maintenance. According to KSEBOA general secretary Suresh Kumar M G and KSEBWA general secretary Lakshmanan V, allowing more cables will only make this issue worse.

The move, according to the two organisations, would disrupt the KSEB’s own IT plans and raise concerns about electrical safety. On February 13, both groups also intend to stage demonstrations in front of the KSEB’s corporate headquarters.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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