Most street lights in Kotkapura, an important grain market of the region, and also an important business centre have been non-functional for years all-together.
Most streets have no light points at all and there are no tube lights or blubs in most areas of the town, where these fixtures are available.
Residents of many localities claim that the situation has worsened, as sources claimed that PowerCom has withdrawn four employees, who had been working with the Kotkapura municipal committee for maintenance of street lights and used to switch them on and off.
"In our locality, there are some street lights installed by the municipal committee. However, most of them are not in working condition. Some of them do not have lights, bulbs or power connections and are also not in working condition. Other electrical points lie defunct and disoriented," said Sudhir Kumar, a Kotkapura resident. He added that the town needed more installation of street lightning.
"The streetlight near my house was broken nearly three years ago and nobody has repaired them so far. Even those that points that have bulbs installed with them have not been switched on," said a resident of Kazian Wala Chowk, Kotkapura.
"It is surprising that even 66 years after independence, civic bodies have failed to provide people with basic facilities. Street lights are supposed to be one of them and these can also help reduce crime," said Kuldeep Singh Manuke, a Kotkapura resident, and Kotkapura Sahitya Sabha president.
"In this situation, it is mostly the poor who suffer. No official pays attention to the problems here and the rich are able to make their own arrangements," he added.
In Green Avenue locality of the town, locals maintain the streetlights themselves.
Sources claimed that over 60% of the installed streetlights are not working due to non-maintenance and lack of proper repair-work.
"Some lights were working initially, but when power meters began to be installed outside of their houses, connections of the most of lights were removed," said Rajiv Kumar, another Kotkapura resident.
"We are going to purchase the required material to repair the existing lights and shall also install new ones at the main points still left. The local committee has been facing shortage of funds. We have also written to PowerCom to stop charging expenses if it is not providing us its employees," said Rachpal Singh Bullar, executive officer (EO), municipal committee, Kotkapura.