Non-functional street lights at some of the posh areas in the city have become a trouble for residents of Rajguru Nagar, Rishi Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Rose Garden, and Industrial Area.
Deprived of the basic amenity, people rue the apathetic attitude of the administration.
With summer at its peak, residents prefer spending late evening hours at parks and gardens, including Rose Garden and Rakh Bagh garden, but most part of these are badly lit with hardly any street lights working. Moreover, with snatching and stealing incidents on a rise, such places have become easy targets for these hoodlums.
Pritpal Singh, a regular visitor to Rose Garden, said, "Almost half the lights installed inside the garden are not in a working condition. Despite knowing that it is summer season and people like to spend most of their time at gardens, nothing has been done to mend the defected lights on the part of the authorities. Some of the lights which are functional also blink at times."
It is also learnt that all eight phases of Industrial Area and focal point, near Sherpur, are severely affected with most street lights not functional.
Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) Ludhiana president Gurmeet Singh Kular, said, "There are approximately 2,388 light points at all eight phases of the industrial area, which cover an area of 8km. Despite as many as 3 lakh labourers working at different organisations at focal point area, the area is deprived of proper lighting facility. Ironically, the few lights that work are kept lit in the day time, while it is pitch dark at night. Municipal corporation can come up with automatic timers to deal with the issue".
A resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, requesting anonymity, said, "Our area is considered one of the poshest areas in the city, but almost half the street lights in our area are not operational. Instead of repairing the defected lights, an extra tube light was placed recently. Earlier, the maintenance charge was with the MC, but, since a while, it has been with the Ludhiana Improvement Trust. In this process of shifting charge, it is the common man who has to bear the brunt".
Sohan Lal Sharma, a resident of Rajguru Nagar, said, "We feel completely unsafe while returning home in the wee hours as the street lights are not operational in our area."
Jatinder Singh, executive officer, Ludhiana Improvement Trust, said, "Earlier the charge for lights and computers was with the MC for 8-9 months. Since we took charge a month and a half ago, we have been short of staff as most of our employees are busy in election duty. Once elections get over, we will make sure that tenders are out to mend the defected street light points, and the main cable will also be replaced with a new one. Meanwhile, minor repair work is still on in the affected areas".
Additional commissioner, lights and computers, Municipal Corporation , SP Singh, said, "I have not been apprised of any such issue as of now, but if there are areas which are affected, then I will ask the person concerned to visit and check the areas and get the work done as soon as possible".