Thailand’s Electricity Authority (PEA) has announce plans to tidying up telecom lines in all 74 provinces across the nation. Starting with the central province of Pathum Thani.
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Governor Sompong Preeprem and Pathum Thani Governor Pinit Boonlert signed a MoU Wednesday.
“This campaign is a joint efforts between the Ministry of the Interior; Provincial Electricity Authority; and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC),” said Sompong. “PEA aims to tidy up telecom lines along 4,810 roads nationwide. Adding that it would cover a distance of approximately 9,550 kilometers.
Telecom Lines are a Safety Concern of Pedestrians
The PEA will also coordinate the activities with telecom companies across the nation. They will conduct a survey along designated routes and mark cables that are in use. “Abandoned telecom lines will be removed by PEA staff.
Telecom lines in use will be listed, categorized, and tidied up on the cross arms at the top of power poles,” he said.
“This project will also help improve the scenery along the roads and also ensure safety of pedestrians said Sompong.
“Hence we estimate the work the telecom lines could be completed within June next year.”
In 2018, a motorcyclist Maneenet Charoen-ngao was knocked down by a telecom line falling across a road in Khon Kaen province. She was nearly decapitated and died at the scene.
In response, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission called all telecom and broadcasting operators to a meet. Demanding serious changes in telecom lines wiring comply with the new standard’s conditions.
The standard for laying cables requires there to be no overhead cables crossing over main streets — all cables must be put underground.
Overhead cable wires across smaller roads must be no lower than 5.5 meters in height from the ground. All cables must be coloured and have companies’ names clearly identified.
Source: The Nation