Naked, hanging wires a threat to commuters on Ludhiana streets

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2016 22:52 IST
Loosely hanging wires at Raghunath Hospital on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Friday. (JS Grewal/HT)

The exposed wires in broken power junction boxes of the streetlights are posing a threat to lives of the residents as the civic body has failed to ensure their maintenance.

Though the municipal corporation (MC) spends crores of rupees on maintenance of the streetlights, there is no check on the work done by the contractors who have a responsibility to ensure covering wires and power junction boxes of the street lamps.

The open wire joints of streetlights can be found on Ferozepur Road, Link Road, Gandhi Nagar and Pakhowal Road among others. The junction boxes for public lights in the parks of Salem Tabri, Maya Nagar near Rose Garden and BRS Nagar were found in broken condition.

The switches were also found missing in several boxes at these places. Even the joints were not covered by tape to avoid the shock at some places.

Sources said the civic body has not conducted any fresh survey to inspect the streetlights while the situation is almost the same in all the wards of the MC.

Naked wires in uncovered boxes near J Block traffic lights on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana. (JS Grewal/HT)

“The broken power junction boxes of the streetlights near Raghunath Hospital are very dangerous as any pedestrian can come in contact with the open wires.

The lackadaisical attitude of the civic body puts the commuters’ life at risk,”said Inderjit Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar.

Satish Thaman, member, Ludhiana district West sub-division grievances redressal committee said, “It is a serious problem in most areas of the city as neither the civic body nor the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has paid attention towards the naked wires.

I will raise the issue during the meeting of redressal committee. The government should also form a task force to investigate as why the authorities ignore such problems.”

“Loose wires are a major problem on roads and in parks. The children use to play in parks while open boxes and exposed wires can lead to major tragedy,”he said.

Monitor the working of contractors

Councillor from the ward 59, Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal said the MC should keep a check on the functioning of the contractors as they are responsible for the maintenance of the streetlights.

MC spends crores of rupees for maintenance of the street lights in the city. “I have raised demand several times to install the automatic system for the streetlights in the town as it would also save energy,”he said.

MC executive engineer (lights wing) Balwinder Singh stated that they have not got any complaint in the regard.

He said he would conduct a survey of the streetlights in the city, and necessary steps would be taken in this regard.

He added the MC is spending Rs 3.72 crore for maintenance, which is done by contractors of streetlights in all 75 wards.

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