Despite the GHMC’s directive many cable operators failed to use underground cables, resulting in them incurring losses with the Corporation’s current drive.
GHMC is spending lakhs of rupees everyday to remove cables, from the poles along medians. The expenditure incurred on labour, equipment and fuel is close to Rs.50,000 per day in the Central Zone alone. This belated decision is proving to be a costly affair during CoP-11, for both corporation and cable operators.
Although many cable operators complied with the GHMC’s official notice and used underground cables, several others failed to comply. With this drive, the corporation is ruthless cutting every cable, which will result in cable operators incurring huge losses in terms of material. However, some operators, who received the patronage of officials, are availing poles on either side of the road, even at places close to HICC.
Ironically, the permissions for removal of these cables were randomly granted by zonal commissioners. Officials carrying out the work say that they have not received any written communication from the GHMC commissioner about the same. “We have been carrying out the work as per the instructions we have been receiving,” says an in-charge.
In places like Old City many cable operators tried to resist the GHMC’s decision. However, later they gave in to the decision ending up spending crores of rupees. According to an employee of Ruby Cable, the total makeover expenditure was close to `3 crore for the operator.
With the recent decision to remove all hanging wires along the median, cable operators can do little more than watch helplessly. “We are facing huge losses, what we can do now? The decision rests with the municipality and we have to bear the brunt,” laments, a cable operator from Road No 5, Banjara Hills.
The Central Emergency Squad engaged in removing all the cables in Central Zone, is lifting tonnes of waste everyday, since the beginning of this drive. However, sometimes this frenzied activity is inconveniencing others. “We faced a powercut for sometime on Monday, as our electricity connection was also snapped by the workers removing the cable wires,” said, Balakrishna, traffic inspector, Banjara Hills.