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Stumbling danger: Poles on pavement

In Lutyens’ zone, watch where you walk.

delhi Updated: Aug 27, 2010 23:38 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times

In Lutyens’ zone, watch where you walk.

As if dug up pavements all over the city weren’t enough, callously uprooted old streetlight poles are lying dangerously on the footpath posing a serious threat to the pedestrians.

It seems the civic agency forgot to clean up its mess. As part of the Commonwealth Games projects, the civic body, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has taken up streetlighting project on 81 roads at a cost of Rs 41 crore.

While new streetlights have been installed, the old poles which were removed have been left on the pavements.

In the process of being removed, the poles damaged the newly planted saplings on either side of the pavement.

In what is a clear lack of coordination, the saplings had been planted first and then the streetlights were uprooted thus damaging the plants.

“The saplings were planted before the new streetlights were installed and old ones were removed. They have damaged the plants but we will replace them with new ones,” said a horticulture department official.

NDMC says that traffic restrictions in Lutyens’ zone were causing delays in removing the poles and they would be removed before the August 31 deadline set to complete the construction work.

“There are traffic restrictions in the NDMC area and a lot of time, heavy moving vehicles cannot enter during day time. So we dismantle the poles during the day and wait for the night to remove them,” said a senior NDMC official.

Delhi Police, however, denied the allegations and said they have given permission for heavy vehicles to enter the area in wake of the Commonwealth Games.

“Trailers and trolleys are allowed to enter the NDMC area during the day and there is no restriction. We have allowed these vehicles special entry so that construction work can be finished on time,” said a senior traffic police officer.

“Work is on track and all the old streetlights will be removed in three-four days,” said Anand Tiwari, spokesman, NDMC.

First Published: Aug 27, 2010 23:37 IST