2 lakh new street­lights to en­sure women safety

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Tak­ing a step fur­ther to make Delhi safer for women, the state gov­ern­ment has de­cided to in­stall 2.1 lakh new street­lights across the city.

Chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal on Mon­day said that the new street­lights will be in­stalled by the three power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies, which will also take care of their main­te­nance. The gov­ern­ment will ini­tially spend about Rs100 crore on the project while the main­te­nance will cost the ex­che­quer Rs10 crore per an­num.

“Delhi gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing women’s safety. We are al­ready in­stalling CCTV cam­eras across the city. Dark spots have to be well lit for fur­ther strength­en­ing the se­cu­rity,” Ke­jri­wal said.

“This is the biggest step taken to im­prove women se­cu­rity. We will not leave a sin­gle dark spot in Delhi,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the chief min­is­ter, the unique part of the in­stal­la­tion is that it will not re­quire any new poles to be erected. Erect­ing new poles has been a con­cern due to lack of space es­pe­cially in unau­tho­rised colonies, slums and con­gested ar­eas. Ke­jri­wal added that the cor­po­ra­tions re­fused to give per­mis­sion to set up these street­lights.

“The project is mod­elled on the CCTV scheme in which the cam­eras are be­ing in­stalled on the houses of the residents. Sim­i­larly, these lights will also be in­stalled at the houses of local residents. The house owner will have to give the con­nec­tion, and the price of the elec­tric­ity con­sumed will be ad­justed in the elec­tric­ity bill,” Ke­jri­wal said.

“The scheme will be im­ple­mented from Novem­ber 1 and the in­stal­la­tion of lights will be com­pleted within 2-3 months.”

Un­der the project, named as ‘Mukhya­mantri Street Light Scheme’, the MLAs will iden­tify the dark spots with the help of the local RWAs and residents. “Cit­i­zens can sub­mit their re­quests for street­lights to their local MLAs fol­low­ing which the per­mis­sion of the build­ing own­ers will be taken. The lo­ca­tion for the street­lights will be se­lected be­fore Novem­ber,” Ke­jri­wal said.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, the chief min­is­ter said the lights will have a sen­sor and they will turn on when it is dark and switch off with the sun­rise.

“In a day or two, we will fig­ure out how much elec­tric­ity will be needed for one light. We will deduct that amount from peo­ple’s bills,” he added.

There are cur­rently 7 lakh street­lights in Delhi. The state gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment that the city of New York has about 4 lakh street­lights, while Mum­bai has 1.5 lakh, Paris has 2.8, Sin­ga­pore has 95,000, Los An­ge­les has 2.2 lakh, Chicago has 3 lakh and Hong Kong has 1.4 lakh street­lights.

NO DARK SPOTS: Ke­jri­wal said all the lights will have sen­sors and will switch off with sun­rise

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