LUCKNOW || Worried at the prospects of kites disrupting its operations on Makar Sankranti, a festival of flying kites on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Metro has appealed appeal to the people of the city, not to fly Kites near the operational metro corridor. Previously, it was found that the Chinese or metal strings (manjha) used to fly kites were the root cause that leads to the disruption of metro service in the city.
Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation also urged shop-keepers to make people aware and educate the buyers to not to fly kites near the metro corridor. UPMRCL has been conducting awareness drives about the flying kites near the metro corridor on a regular basis to ensure public safety and convenience along with the prevention of loss to metro property.
Kite flying near the metro corridor not only disrupt metro services due to entangling of the thread with the OHE but can also prove fatal for the kite flier who is under high risk of getting electrocuted if the manjha has any metal element to it and comes in contact with the 25000 Volt Over Head Electrification (OHE).
There have been incidents of OHE tripping in the past leading to disruption of metro services and on the investigation, metal threads were also found entangled with the OHE.
These types of incidents near the operational Metro corridors are very dangerous as it may cause electrocution to the kite flyer also because of the very high voltage running in the Over Head Electrification (OHE) system of Uttar Pradesh Metro.
The live electricity can directly flow through these metallic strings into the body of the kite flyers resulting into casualty.