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After HT campaign, dark stretches in Noida light up

india Updated: Feb 19, 2013 18:24 IST
Kapil Datta

The dark and dangerous stretches of Noida are being lit up, finally.

Responding to HT’s intensive campaign and partnering with us in our endeavour to make Noida a safer city of the future, the Noida authority has ordered streetlights to be activated along several dark stretches.

Noida authority officials and workers on Wednesday swung into action and activated defunct streetlights at Sector 82. This stretch, incidentally, has seen many chain-snatching and robbery incidents.

This is the second major impact so far in HT’s women safety campaign. In the first one, the authority announced deployment of ten guards each for six Metro stations in Noida.

Hom Singh Yadav, the chief maintenance engineer of the Noida authority, said, “I have directed all project engineers and assistant project engineers of the electrical department to identify the dysfunctional streetlights in their respective areas and get them repaired in a week.”

Acting on the instructions, project engineer Vimal Manglik sent a team to Sector 82 to
rectify the defects in the streetlights.

“I have also told them to ensure that areas around BPOs, shopping complexes and roads connecting bus stops to colonies should always remain lit. If there is any problem, it should be rectified even at midnight. All electrical items, including bulbs and tubes and cables are available round-the-clock,” said Yadav.

Meanwhile, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) also directed its officials to attend to electrical complaints immediately.

CL Gupta, superintending engineer, PVVNL, told Hindustan Times on Wednesday, “Although our policy is that we should supply uninterrupted power to streetlights, local faults may result in outages. I have directed all linemen to make sure that streetlights function throughout the night in areas where shopping complexes and call centres and industries are situated.”
Resident welfare associations have welcomed the authority move. According to a senior federation of Noida RWAs, this would go a long way in curbing crime in the city.

“The authorities should have taken the action much earlier. There are dark patches in certain industrial sectors too. Women do not feel safe to step out after sundown.”