The Delta State Government has warned persons building structures near and under high tension electricity wires that the guidelines prohibiting the erecting of structures near or under high tension electricity lines is still in force.
The Government observed that some persons and group were still in the habit of erecting new structures under high tension electricity lines thereby exposing themselves and the lives of others to serious safety threats.
In a statement endorsed by the State Director of Information, Mr. Paul Osahor, the Government stressed that trespassing on the right of way of high tension electricity lines does not only pose grave danger to such trespassers but also prevent electricity distribution companies from carrying out effective maintenance on the lines.
The statement noted that for the avoidance of doubt, the guideline stipulated that the minimum required distance for structures from the closest conductor of the centre of transmission or distribution should be at least 25 metres for 330KV lines; 15 metres for 132KV lines; three (3) metres for both 11KV and 0.415KV lines and three (3) metres depth for underground power cables.
Accordingly, the Delta State Government advised persons or group of persons contemplating on building structures close to high tension wires to observe the minimum required distance, while those who are already in violation of the guideline for the right of way for high tension electricity lines or installation is advised to relocate forthwith to avoid prosecution.