Unusual about this picture

There is something unusual about this picture. Before you proceed to the full reading make a guess on what it could be.
usual suspect

Why did I take special interest on this picture?
I have a small piece of land at Avadi, near Vel Tech engineering college 5 Kms away from Avadi railway station and bus stand. This piece of land was acquired by my parents in 1983 and my mother was curious on what had happened to the land. So I made a visit last Sunday. I was shocked to see this piece of land just below the high tension electric wires. Still I need to confirm with the taluk (registration office, don’t know how much I need to spend). Immediately I called up my mom to find out that the high tension wires were present when they bought the land. My mom answer NO.

Well do you know that you can’t erect a building when high tension electric wires are around your land, because the government won’t give you any permission to build one. You just have to give the land to government and they will pay the money at government rates.

While I was traveling to office, I was shocked to see this again.
usual suspect
usual suspect
Now I have been watching places in and around chennai where high tension wires are around. Well I will get you some more photos from another site. That is even worse than this one.

I have been wondering, how they could plant these huge poles with out acquiring the lands. I don’t know how to proceed.
Well I did try one route, will keep you informed in the next post.

5 Comments so far

  1. vatsan (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    assuming you to be the voice of the general population. i find hypocrisy rampant here.

    makkal, squat on govt land its fine, but govt squats on makkals private land thappa?


  2. vinodvv (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

    I am not a politician nor an industrialist who have deep pockets and a big hand.

    Well if I am really well off, I would remained silent. I wouldn’t have posted one out here and would have opted some other way.

    The whole intent of the post is for people to think on how one could get electricity, water and above all permission to build one.
    Thanks vatsan


  3. sreekrishnan (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Well do you know that you can erect a building when high tension electric wires are around your land, because the government won’t give you any permission to build one. You just have to give the land to government and they will pay the money at government rates.

    I find something unusual about this sentence !!

    btw: i guess your land is gone…nothing can be done ..i heard from my frnds dad that even if you have a CMDA approved plot they give compensation charges and demolish it for building a transformer.

    my frnds place used to be an “independent house with car park” – now it is “independent house” without car park !!


  4. vinodvv (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Thanks sree for pointing the mistake I have corrected them to “can’t”.
    thanks a ton


  5. Madhusudhan (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 6:30 am

    It occurs to me that I know of a very young kid- about 5-6 years old- who lost her arms and legs and is bedridden for life because of a shock from one of these wires. Apparantly the child was able to reach the wires from her balcony and got fried. The doctors’ reaction was simply that they are stunned she’s still alive. Her hair just caught fire and burned..

    Is this then that sytematic? Vinod, would it be worth sending these photos of yours to TNEB and any regulatory agency if we have one that is? I am in the US now but wish I could find a way to scout around a bit and find out more..

    Great work though.



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