LUCKNOW || UPMRC has been making regular appeals urging people to not fly kites near the Metro corridor ever since the commencement of metro rail operations. These have caused short-circuiting of live 25000 volt Metro Over-head Power Supply wires thereby causing serious damage to the Metro property and at the same time putting the kite flyers’ own lives at risk.
High Court of Allahabad has banned sale of Chinese manjha in Uttar Pradesh in November 2015 against a PIL due to several incidences of passengers getting severely injured due to neck and eye injury and injury to birds & animals.
In a recent incident on September 14, OHE (Over Head Electrification) of Lucknow Metro near Mawaiya got tripped by entangling a kite’s Chinese manjha flying near Metro. It disrupted electrical supply for a few moments before it was restored after detangling the Kite string.
It is imperative to understand that even if metro trains are not operational either during non-revenue hours, the Overhead electrical wires are still charged and are potentially dangerous.
Kite flying near the metro corridor is extremely dangerous as the kite flyer holding the string would get electrocuted due to the high electric current that could directly pass from the OHE to the person’s body.
An extremely high voltage of 25000V (25KV) could prove fatal resulting into a casualty if even a fraction of it gets transferred to the human body. UPMRC appeals to the people to not fly kites near the entire metro corridor.