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Biting the Feeding Hand

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By The Editorial Team Updated: Apr 30, 2024 11:43 pm

Two power transmission towers collapsed in Nagaland state within a span of just eight days, thanks to some irresponsible people. On April 20, a 66kV double circuit tower near Pungro Town crumpled, affecting the power generation of the Likimro Hydroelectric Power Project. Another critical transmission line, a 132 kV single circuit tower, collapsed near Riphyim Old area in Wokha district on April 27, leading to a disruption in the power supply. In both cases, it was discovered that miscreants had stolen the tower members or metal parts and nuts, leading to the collapse. The Power department officials also informed that two more towers near Riphyim Old area are on the verge of collapsing for the same reason. And there can be many more such towers in the state. The fact that people have the least regard for public property, though for their own benefit, is a matter of concern and something to ponder upon seriously. Everybody wants regular power supply, good public infrastructure, all-weather roads, quality education, robust healthcare services, etc., but not many care for the maintenance of such facilities, especially those provided by the government. Isn’t it illogical? You know something is really wrong when people steal metal parts of railway tracks, Bailey bridge, power transmission towers etc., knowing very well that their criminal acts could not only affect themselves but also lead to the loss of lives. You know that we have a long way to go when we keep biting the hand that feeds us and yet cry foul when that hand can’t feed us anymore.

In India, causing damage to public property, including buildings, installations, water supply, power, light, etc., is a criminal offence under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act of 1984, and no person accused or convicted of such an offence can be released on bail unless the prosecution has been given an opportunity to oppose the application. Such acts of vandalism are punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and with fine, but it has failed to deter miscreants from sabotaging public property. One of the main reasons for this is utter disrespect for the rule of law. To curb vandalism cases, law enforcement agencies should promptly book the culprits and take stringent action as per the law. The authorities should also continue to create awareness among the public, especially in rural areas. Educational institutions can play a big role in making school-going children responsible citizens. Most importantly, the mindset of the people has to change. Public should have a sense of ownership and responsibility for state-owned facilities. It is unreasonable to complain about darkness after cutting the source of light.

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By The Editorial Team Updated: Apr 30, 2024 11:43:28 pm
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