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Discoms may be given charge of maintaining streetlights

delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2010 23:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Delhi government

If you have been through the grill of running from one office to another to complain about a non-functional streetlight near your house only to be told it was not their responsibility, you have a reason to smile.

Delhi government is now working on a plan to transfer all streetlights across the city to power distribution companies that supply electricity to those lights.

Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said the proposal would soon be brought to the Delhi cabinet for approval.

The plan, said Mehta, is to bring about 3.5 lakh streetlights across the city under 2-3 umbrella bodies.

In the current scenario, several agencies such as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), public works department (PWD), Delhi Development Authority and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have the responsibility of maintaining streetlights.

There are three power discoms - BSES Yamuna, BSES Rajdhani and NDPL - that supply electricity in Delhi. The discoms will be paid for the maintenance of streetlights.

In some areas the PWD has already transferred some streetlights to discoms for maintenance.

While in some other areas the civic agencies are not sure who would replace the fused bulb or dysfunctional choke installed from the money sanctioned by the MLA or MP.

"We get several complaints from people stating they have problem identifying the company and officer to complain in case of a non-functioning streetlight. It will not only help residents but also help fix the accountability," Mehta added.

Senior Delhi government officials, however, said streetlights maintained by the DDA and the NHAI would not be transferred to the discoms.

Mehta said the government is still working on the terms and conditions.