The 21-day campaign by Hindustan Times highlighting the lack of safety measures in Gurgaon is showing results. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has swung into action and has decided to put up streetlights on the dark stretches identified by the Gurgaon police.
The MCG chief engineer has appointed a team of executive engineers (XENs) to conduct a survey and submit a report about the length of the stretches and the number of lights required on the stretches within a week.
On Wednesday, the finance committee of the municipal councillors headed by mayor Vimal Yadav approved an outlay of Rs 86 lakh for streetlights on Old Delhi Road between Mahavir Chowk and Atul Kataria Chowk. MCG chief engineer GS Singroha was also present at the meeting.
On May 27, Hindustan Times had reported about how dark stretches in Gurgaon become unsafe after sunset. After our team took up the matter with the Gurgaon police, they identified 22 spots in east, west and south police zones where there were no streetlights or were faulty.
HT along with the Gurgaon police raised the issue with Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), MCG and Public Works Department (PWD) for illuminating stretches falling in their zones.
Gurgaon commissioner of police Alok Mittal wrote to the MCG commissioner, Huda and senior officials of PWD to ask the officials concerned to put up street lights.
Some dark stretches in the MCG jurisdiction are the roads leading towards DLF Phase-3 through Nathupur from MG Road, Laxmi Garden, Shivaji Park, Gandhi Nagar, Sethi Hospital, Shiv Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Jyoti Park, areas around Mini Secretariat and Rajiv Chowk, Sohna Chowk, Mianwali Colony, Dhanvapur, Bazgera and Prakashpuri and others falling in old and new Gurgaon.
MCG chief engineer BS Singroha said a team of executive engineers will submit their report in a week. “We would send the estimate of streetlights for approval from the financial committee of councillors,” said Singroha.