Berhampur, Feb 11 (LocalWire) A Blame game between the Southco and the Rural Development Department has started over the mishap that killed at least 10 and injured dozens at Mandrajpur in Ganjam district on Sunday.
The scary incident took place when the bus carrying them came into the contact with the high-tension 11-KV livewire.
The government next day suspended four engineers from two departments for negligence on their parts.
The Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Ganjam submitted a preliminary inquiry report to the District Collector and issued a challan of Rs 15,000 to the bus owner for operating on the route without permission.
The RTO officials said the vehicle did not take permission from the authority to operate on the route.
For this reason, its owner has been penalised. The mishap took place due to the negligence of the driver and they have recommended a suspension of his driving license for three months, they said.
A senior officer of Southern Electricity Supply Company Of Odisha Limited (SOUTHCO) told LocalWire they have written to the Executive Engineer of the Rural Development Division seeking permission to shift the electric poles on the roads to the roadside at Mandarajpur after widening the road.
Arun Kumar, the Chief Operating Officer of Southco said that the power distribution company had asked for around Rs 4-lakh to shift the electric poles on July 4, 2018.
The Executive Engineer, however, did not sanction the amount.
PK Jena, the Executive Engineer on the other hand, said that the Southco did not mention the dangerous situation.
Moreover, the road height was increased to only six-inch after the widening. The incident could have avoided if the live wire was tightened.
The locals blamed the Southco for not shifting the electric poles despite their complaints.
Ch. Sudhakar Reddy, the Sarpanch of Ekasingh, said the RTO of Ganjam district, Sanjay Kumar Biswal, has submitted a preliminary inquiry report to the Collector.
Edited by Meenal Singh