Dodging the threat of Chandni Chowk electrics

By Evangelene Dickson:
Often power lines remain unseen and unthought of as we go about our lives. But in Chandni Chowk, the complicated and often inventive electrical system is immediately obvious.

Although fascinating to visitors the wires strung over the street and around buildings are live and pose a deadly threat to Chandni Chowk residents.

Electrocution is common in Chandni Chowk, especially during Monsoon season.

                Electrocution is common in Chandni Chowk, especially during Monsoon season.

In 2010 eleven people, including two children, were electrocuted to death in Delhi, during an evening of heavy rain.

In 2010 eleven people, including two children, were electrocuted to death in Delhi, during an evening of heavy rain.

In 2014 people took to the streets to protest against the neglect of electrical systems in Delhi after the deadly electrocution of a teenager.

In 2014 people took to the streets to protest against the neglect of electrical systems in Delhi after the deadly electrocution of a teenager.

Removal of the overhead wires is part of the Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan. The Plan was originally introduced in 2007 and is yet to be implemented.

Removal of the overhead wires is part of the Chandni Chowk Redevelopment Plan. The Plan was originally introduced in 2007 and is yet to be implemented.

When asked if people often get electrocuted, Delhi local, Gauri Makkar, shrugged and said 'It happens but people have gotten used to living with the wires.'

When asked if people often get electrocuted, Delhi local, Gauri Makkar, shrugged and said ‘It happens but people have gotten used to living with the wires.’

Animals and valuable livestock also fall victim to electrocution.

Animals and valuable livestock also fall victim to electrocution.

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