Disaster ahead: Settlers near transmission lines in danger
MANILA - A disaster waiting to happen. The National Grid Corporation has expressed alarm over the number of informal settlers living under or within the periphery of massive transmission lines in Metro Manila.
NGCP spokesperson Cynthia Alabanza said 69,000 to 500,000 volts of electricity run thru these transmission lines. A regular appliance usually runs on only 220 volts.
Alabanza said illegal settlers need not touch the wires to possibly get electrocuted as the strong current might jump once a structure or antenna or a pole comes near the wires.
According to NGCP, the company does not own these facilities and the land where the transmission lines are erected since they are only a concessionaire and Transco owns the facilities.
The lives of these people are in danger due to the possibility of being electrocuted or being crushed by the transmission lines if the poles' base is compromised.
Alabanza said local government units have the authority to move them away from the dangerous poles.
The NGCP appealed to residents in Metro Manila and the provinces not to plant vegetation below the transmission lines, not to start fires near the structures and not to fly kites that will get entangled with the wires.