The Hoc Mon Power Corporation (EVN Hoc Mon) in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City has announced the removal of nearly 600 electricity poles standing in the middle of a street project underway to connect the southern metropolis with two neighboring provinces.
Vo Hong Minh Danh, director of EVN Hoc Mon, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that the deadline for the removal is January 26.
The 600 electricity poles in question have obstructed traffic on Dang Thuc Vinh Street, a route linking Ho Chi Minh City with Binh Duong and Long An Provinces.
The road is being expanded under an innovation project, with its main lane expected to open to vehicles before the coming Lunar New Year holiday, which falls on February 1 this year.
|Power poles stand in the middle of Dang Thuc Vinh Street in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre|
Before the street expansion, the electricity poles were planted along the sidewalks.
But now, with the street widened, they moved around two meters away.
EVN Hoc Mon will remove a part of electrical wires of the 600 said electricity poles and switch the power supply of the area to another network by January 15.
In the remaining part of the street, the electricity provider will erect new power poles, connect them to a new grid, and dismantle the old poles between January 15 and 26.
|Electricity workers connect the old power line along Dang Thuc Vinh Street in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City to the new one. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre|
EVN Hoc Mon has asked relevant telecommunications and lighting firms to cooperate in the implementation.
During the transition period, the company will warn vehicles against the old power poles, using reflective stickers and paint, according to Danh.
Currently, the medium-voltage power line on Dang Thuc Vinh Street provides electricity for about 16,000 households.