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4 months on, solar lights still defunct

india Updated: Mar 08, 2012 00:57 IST
Deevakar Anand

It has been four months that the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) installed nine solar power signals in the city, but only two of these are functional. The agency had spent around Rs 1 crore to procure and install these traffic gadgets.

In June 2011, the corporation had allotted a tender worth Rs 99.66 lakh to a firm in Udyog Vihar to install these lights at nine strategic locations. The project was to be completed in four months.

But except two lights — at Nehru Stadium Chowk and Sohna Adda — none are functioning, including the ones installed at MDI Chowk and Atul Kataria Chowk, which often witness huge traffic snarls.

In a reply to an RTI query recently, the MCG had disclosed the amount spent on the project. The agency had said that it was its responsibility to maintain the lights, but the traffic police was duty-bound to ensure their functioning.

The traffic police department, however, refuted the MCG’s claim. “It is not our responsibility to operate the traffic lights. The civic authorities are supposed to look into the matter. We will raise the issue with them,” Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic), said.

“At roundabouts, traffic lights are never operational. While at a time they allow movement of vehicles in one direction only, we ensure two directions for vehicular movement simultaneously,” said a traffic police official, requesting not to be named. He was stationed at a roundabout with dysfunctional lights.