Overhead bridge to be insulated

Himalayan News Service

Lalitpur, June 28:

The Innovate Concept Nepal (ICN), which constructed the overhead bridge near the Ashok Stupa, Pulchowk, plans to cover a side of the structure with fibre glass to prevent leakage

of electricity from a 11-KV ring main, which stands nearby. Power is distributed through the ring main throughout Lalitpur. Paras Mani Baral, director-general of the ICN, said it had to take the move as the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) did not shift the ring main from the place, though it was supposed to do so once the construction of the overhead bridge began.

Kuseshwar Prasad Sahu, assistant manager, NEA Power Distribution Unit, Pulchowk, said, “The overhead bridge poses risks to pedestrians. “The transmission line should be at a distance of six metres horizontally, and 1.25 metres vertically from the structure. Since the height of the overhead bridge is over six metres, it is not safe for people.” Baral said only one

side of the bridge will be insulated as people might otherwise use it as a shelter and create nuisance for pedestrians.