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Tree branches encroaching power lines
Published on: Monday, August 12, 2019

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) will check on the condition of some trees along a Keningau road, following a homeowner’s claims that the branches had encroached into the path of the company’s power lines.

A SESB spokesman said its staff would have to verify these claims.

“We will have to determine whether the greenery is growing on private or public land,” he said.

“If the trees belong to a resident here, the individual will be asked to either prune the branches or to give us permission to do so.”

He said the firm would arrange to trim the trees if the former proved to be the case.

TOM of Keningau feared the possibility of a blackout occurring in the area if the overhead lines were damaged.

“There is a high possibility of the branches snapping and falling onto the cables the next time there are strong winds or a thunderstorm,” he said.

“Any outage caused because of this damage can be avoided if only the local authorities or SESB takes the trouble to trim the trees before hand.”

He said he had contacted the local authorities about this, only to be informed that this matter was outside their control.

“Owing to this, I contacted SESB. One of the company’s employees came down to photograph the problem shortly thereafter.

“He told me that he would have to apply for funds to have the trees pruned.”

Tom was at a loss to understand why the trees were not pruned regularly. 

“Such action will go a long way to preventing the electricity supply to the homes along the road from being disrupted.” 

He hoped SESB would intervene to prevent consumers from being unnecessarily inconvenienced. 

The resident provided Hotline with the location of the cables in question. This information was forwarded to the firm. (SS)

 



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