Ex­ploded trans­former box leads to con­cerns

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

Power trans­former boxes built on el­e­vated plat­forms aroused public com­plaints, with res­i­dents call­ing on Tai­wan Power Com­pany ( Taipower,

) to re­move them from res­i­den­tial ar­eas af­ter an ex­plo­sion caused by earth­quakes in Xinzhuang Dis­trict, New Taipei City.

A raised trans­former box ex­ploded, caus­ing one death and one in­jury in Xinzhuang. “Power trans­former boxes are el­e­vated and built too close to homes here. I am con­stantly afraid that some­thing hor­ri­ble might hap­pen. They should be moved or con­structed un­der­ground for health and safety rea­sons,” said a lo­cal res­i­dent, whose 5th- floor apart­ment is near an el­e­vated trans­former box built just out­side the win­dow.

Power trans­former boxes built on el­e­vated plat­forms sep­a­rated by less than half a me­ter’s dis­tance from bal­conies or win­dows of homes can be com­monly seen in Xinzhuang Dis­trict. Res­i­dents com­plain that this is ex­tremely danger­ous, and that in or­der to have the trans­former units moved, they have to file an ap­pli­ca­tion with Taipower and pay a costly con­struc­tion fee.

Res­i­dents ex­pressed their fear that un­less Taipower agrees to move all el­e­vated power t rans­former boxes, ex­plo­sions are likely to oc­cur when earth­quakes, light­ing strikes or strong storms oc­cur.

With yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent alert­ing press at­ten­tion, Xinzhuang res­i­dents called on the New Taipei City Gov­ern­ment to put pres­sure on Taipower to move the trans­former boxes as soon as pos­si­ble.

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