Explosion on TPTL line damages electronics in Salebung

Mangan, 05 Jul:

Electronic items belonging to 37 families of Salebung Ward, under Pathuk-Singbel Gram Panchayat Unit, East Sikkim were damaged due to an "explosion" that occurred on the power transmission line of Teestavalley Power Transmission Ltd [TPTL].

Televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, ceiling fans, music systems, etc have been totally damaged, it is informed.

According to the local people, an explosion occurred on the line followed by a power cut at around 9 p.m on 04 Jul.

“Apart from damages to electronic items, four persons including one pregnant woman fell unconscious due to the explosion. They are currently undergoing medical treatment,” informed Ward Panchayat, Salebung, Muktinath Khatiwara.

Block Development Officer, Tintek, Indramani Adhikari, along with the Panchayats and the officials of Power Grid Corporation visited the spot today to take stock of damages.

The local public and Panchayats have demanded proper compensation and safety measures to be taken.

However, another explosion occurred at Singbel Ward at around 2 p.m today, informed the Panchayat but no damages have been reported.

The high transmission line supplies power from the 1200 MW Teest Urja Project of North Sikkim which was commissioned last year.