In the wake of the abduction and gangrape of a woman in Gurgaon, the Delhi Police have directed the heads of each police station to speed up the process of identifying poorly lit areas in their jurisdiction.
Every year, Delhi Police prepares a list of poorly lit areas. Though the survey is currently on, but the Gurgaon incident has led to senior officers directing SHOs to submit the list at the earliest.
After the poorly lit areas are identified, civic bodies will be intimated and police presence will be increased there. PCR vans will also be roped in as drivers know of the existence of such spots quite well.
“A directive was issued to identify poorly lit areas after a kidnapping-cum-rape in southwest Delhi. But we have now been asked to expedite the process and submit the list at the earliest. We have directed the beat officers to identify such areas and we will then send the list to higher authorities,” a senior police officer said.
Last year, the Delhi Police had identified more than 650 stretches that lacked proper lighting facilities.
“These stretches either don’t have street lights and if they do, the lights are dysfunctional.
We are now updating that list and the number of such areas will definitely go up.
We will then send the list to the civic bodies, which include the MCD, NDMC and the PWD," the police officer added.
Police claimed that poorly lit stretches are a major reason for the rise of criminal activities. They said it becomes difficult to identify criminals or to note down numbers of vehicle in dark.
Moreover, uncovered drains, potholes also cause accidents in the absence of well-lit streets.
In the survey conducted last year, the police had found that while some streetlights were completely out of order, lamps were missing in a number of them in several areas.
This, despite the tall claims of civic agencies spending a fortune on the maintenance of streetlights. Such consecutive lists belie their claims.