Gu­ru­gram’s streets con­tinue to be poorly il­lu­mi­nated

Millennium Post - - Mp City - PIYUSH OHRIE

GU­RU­GRAM: De­spite a greater bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion for in­stal­la­tion of LED street lights across the city, var­i­ous hur­dles are seem­ingly pre­vent­ing the project from be­ing re­alised.

More­over, de­spite pub­lic agen­cies claim­ing to have suc­cess­fully in­stalled LED lights in var­i­ous parts of the city, most are seem­ingly func­tion­ing poorly.

The re­ply to a re­cent RTI query re­vealed that a to­tal of 58,120 street lights are un­der the purview of Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Gu­ru­gram (MCG).

In the last two years, MCG has spent Rs 3,53,84,707 for their main­te­nance. The RTI re­ply also states that while there were 57,964 street lights in 2014 in the city, only 156 street lights have been in­stalled in the last three months.

In cer­tain stretches, like Sukhrali, Sikan­der­pur un­der­pass and Shee­tala Mata Road, there have also been in­ci­dents where the street lights are in a poor con­di­tion or have been stolen.

Such is the poor con­di­tion of street lights in the city that the two kilo­me­tre stretch of Mall Mile re­mains poorly lit even dur­ing week­ends, when large crowds throng the area for shop­ping.

The abun­dance of dark spots in Gu­ru­gram is adding to the woes of work­ing women, who have to travel at late hours.

Many com­muters face are also at risk in Gu­ru­gram dark stretches, where fast mov­ing traf­fic is still a men­ace.

Fur­ther, poorly func­tion­ing street lights is a ma­jor cause of ris­ing cases of thefts and snatch­ing in the city.

Other ar­eas in the city, like Gu­ru­gram–farid­abad road, Golf Course Road, Golf Course ex­ten­sion road, Udyog Vi­har, Sec­tor 23 and Sec­tor 10 face the same prob­lem.

Five gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions are in charge of the main­te­nance of street light­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of the city, namely MCG, Haryana Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (HUDA), Haryana State In­dus­trial and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HSIIDC) and Dak­shin Haryana Bi­jli Vi­tran Nigam (DHBVN) and Gu­ru­gram Metropoli­tan De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (GMDA).

Yet, poor main­te­nance of street lights con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor chal­lenge. Many res­i­dent wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions in the dis­trict have also pointed out to the lack of a cen­tralised body for main­te­nance of street lights.

De­spite agen­cies claim­ing to have suc­cess­fully in­stalled LED lights in var­i­ous parts, most are seem­ingly func­tion­ing poorly

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