Streetlights in Mansa continue to remain dysfunctional
Electronics giant Philips had installed them across the city around two years ago. But they worked for only six months and then became non-functional. Most of the streetlamps don't work properly and the locals have to face a lot of difficulties.punjab Updated: Nov 24, 2014 19:13 IST
Safety on the city roads during night is a major concern here, the reason being faulty streetlights which have not been repaired for the last six months.
Electronics giant Philips had installed them across the city around two years ago. But they worked for only six months and then became non-functional. Most of the streetlamps don't work properly and the locals have to face a lot of difficulties.
Commuters claim that the administration has turned a blind eye to this issue despite the fact that most of the busiest crossings in the city don't have even one functional street lamp.
With damaged and potholed roads, the lack of streetlights has escalated woes of locals. Except for a few main roads, like Court Road and Waterworks Road, most roads linking colonies do not have proper lighting.
Motorists and pedestrians complain that the civic body has done little to help them in this regard. "With construction work in most of the areas, there are heaps of concrete and mud along the sides of the streets and roads. With the lack of streetlights, commuting after sunset is a very risky affair," an elderly person said.
I travel everyday from Mansa to a nearby town and never ever I have found the streetlamps working at the busiest corners of the city., said Sandeep Tyal, an LIC agent. Asked about the defective street lamps, the electricity department passed the buck on to the municipal corporation.
"It is the duty of the municipal corporation to look after these lights," said Udaydeep Singh Dhillon, a senior official of the electricity department.No senior official of the municipal corporation could be reached for comments.
When HT highlighted this issue earlier in July, the deputy commissioner had then informed that they were negotiating with the company to fix the street lamps within a week. But nothing in this regard has been done till date. "There has been no progress so far in this regard," said deputy commissioner Pravin Kumar Thind.
Some of the street lamps, which are in the working condition, are usually found on even during the day time. "What else can be expected from an administration which does not bother to switch off the lights even during day time. We have lost all hope that things will ever improve on this front," said Balwant Singh.