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Officials all wired up for pole cleanup

CITY authorities are working together to clean up all the randomly placed overhead wire loops that besmirch the city's landscape and the whole project should take about three years, the local power company said yesterday.

Shanghai Electric Power Co, owner of countless electric poles on city streets, said it has teamed up with road inspection authorities to conduct a campaign, which will trace the ownership of all the wires on poles and straighten them up.

A similar drive was carried out last year when the city was preparing for the World Expo but with limited success since it was done in a hurry, officials said.

"We had some experience in last year's campaign and in the upcoming project we'll cooperate more with the law enforcement authority," an official surnamed Wang of the power company told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

The whole project may involve thousands of kilometers of electric poles across the city and the length of wires involved would be countless, Wang said.

"But the poles will look better and be more secure once we finish this."

Wang said about 80 percent of the wire loops had nothing to do with his company but belonged to telecom, mobile or network firms and loose supervision has caused a wiry mess on the poles.

Once the ownership of the wires is clear, the companies will be asked to hang their wires in the right way or even told to put them underground or replace them with fiber-optic cables.

Notices about the cleanup will be ready this week on the power supplier's website and through the media and the irregular wires would be cut off if no one claims them.


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