ICA In­dia’s na­tional sem­i­nar on elec­tri­cal safety

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In­ter­na­tional Cop­per As­so­ci­a­tion In­dia (ICA In­dia) as a part of its se­ries of or­gan­is­ing sem­i­nars on elec­tri­cal safety across In­dia, con­ducted a work­shop in Mum­bai to raise aware­ness and rec­ti­fi­ca­tion mea­sures about elec­tri­cal haz­ards and im­por­tance of elec­tri­cal safety in In­dia. This work­shop comes sixth in line after Kolkata, Ahmed­abad, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi, to pro­mote elec­tri­cal safety prac­tices through na­tional stan­dards and reg­u­la­tory pro­vi­sions.

Elec­tric­ity is an es­sen­tial com­mod­ity that touches all spheres of our daily lives. The in­creas­ing ne­ces­sity of en­hanced pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency and con­ve­nience has made its us­age in­tense in terms of qual­ity, quan­tity and main­te­nance. Re­gard­less of good elec­tri­cal and reg­u­la­tory stan­dards pre­vail­ing in In­dia, the coun­try still has a high record of ac­ci­dents and mishaps caused due to elec­tri­cal short cir­cuit.

As per the Na­tional Crime Records Bureau’s report 2014, 11000 peo­ple died in 2014 due to elec­tro­cu­tion and fire due to elec­tri­cal short cir­cuits. Elec­tric de­faults have been seen as the largest sin­gle rea­son for cause of build­ing fires. The gov­ern­ment of In­dia has ac­corded high im­por­tance to this area. Un­for­tu­nately, poor prac­tices, im­proper and weak in­stal­la­tions, un­der­sized and in­fe­rior qual­ity of wires in the build­ings have re­sulted in an in­creas­ing num­ber of elec­tri­cal ac­ci­dents.

The work­shop brought to light the need for shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge on in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and the ar­eas where our ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions and stan­dards could be im­proved. The work­shop was at­tended by var­i­ous stal­warts from both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor like S R Bagde, Chief Elec­tri­cal In­spec- tor, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Ra­jku­mar Singh, Direc­tor Tech­ni­cal, Sch­nei­der Elec­tric, Sasiku­mar M, Head Elec­tric, Chola MS Risk Ser­vices, R Natara­jan, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, JEF Techno So­lu­tions and San­jeev Ran­jan, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, In­ter­na­tional Cop­per As­so­ci­a­tion In­dia.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, San­jeev Ran­jan, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, In­ter­na­tional Cop­per As­so­ci­a­tion In­dia said, “ICA In­dia has been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in­volved in the pro­mo­tion of safe wiring prac­tices at ur­ban and ru­ral house­holds. Elec­tri­cal safety is of high­est im­por­tance dur­ing any elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tion. Our var­i­ous sem­i­nars and work­shops are in­tended for var­i­ous stake­hold­ers look­ing to in­crease aware­ness of best prac­tices in elec­tri­cal wiring. We have been ag­gres­sively en­cour­ag­ing the key pro­vi­sions in the Na­tional Stan­dards for safe elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions and in­spec­tion of wiring in­stal­la­tions at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to cur­tail fire ac­ci­dents.”

In­dia re­mains a con­sump­tion-driven econ­omy and to have speedy eco­nomic growth, it is sig­nif­i­cant to erad­i­cate the bur­den on In­dia’s in­fra­struc­ture which is af­fect­ing eco­nomic growth. To im­ple­ment this, the gov­ern­ment has taken var­i­ous pos­i­tive ini­tia­tives to im­prove en­ergy re­quire­ments of the coun­try. How­ever, there is an ut­most need and per­se­ver­ance to re­solve ba­sic re­quire­ments for the right and ef­fi­cient elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture in In­dia.

Though the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has be­stowed high im­por­tance to elec­tri­cal safety, un­for­tu­nately poor prac­tices, in­ap­pro­pri­ate or weak in­stal­la­tions, im­proper sizes and low-grade qual­ity of wires in the build­ings have re­sulted in many elec­tri­cal ac­ci­dents, which are in­creas­ing ev­ery year.

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