2 lakh new streetlights to ensure women safety
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