24th September 05:32 AM
Anyone causing damages to power infrastructure as a result of fires will be dealt with - Patel
By Naveel Krishant
Wednesday 12/06/2019

Energy Fiji Limited CEO, Hasmukh Patel says anyone causing damages to the power infrastructure as a result of fires will be dealt with according to the law.

Patel says over the years, uncontrolled cane, scrub and grass fires have been the prime cause of damage to the EFL power poles, cross arms and power lines.

He says apart from being dangerous and life threatening, such fires cause unwanted power interruptions to their valued customers and the Fijian economy.

He says over the years, uncontrolled fires, bush fires, roadside grass verge fires and sugar cane field fires have been one of the major cause of power disruptions.

Patel says as we enter into another dry season, we need to take certain fire prevention measures to ensure safety of individuals, electricity infrastructure, reliability and security of power supply to our valued customers.

He says they are requesting for the understanding and cooperation of the public to take precautionary measures when lighting up fires adding they are urging road users to refrain from throwing cigarette butts unto the grass verge as these could cause uncontrolled fires to start up.

He adds they request customers to refrain from burning cane and/or rubbish near the EFL power poles which could damage electricity infrastructure resulting in disruptions to power supply and significant economic losses.

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