Dud streetlights give jitters to commuters
Commuters are scared when it comes to driving along the Old Delhi road, thanks to defunct streetlights in the area.gurgaon Updated: Jul 17, 2013 01:31 IST
Commuters are scared when it comes to driving along the Old Delhi road, thanks to defunct streetlights in the area.
In a response to an application, dated July 4, 2013 filed by an activist Aseem Takyar, reveals that since 2011, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has paid contractors around R45 lakh for the operation and maintenance of the fittings.
Of the 419 fittings, 76 fittings are not functional.
"The civic body is spending lakhs on maintaining the streetlights but the stretch is suffering as they don't function. A large amount in the tender goes for the maintenance of switches alone when the streetlights themselves don't function," said Takyar, a resident of Sector 23-A.
MCG officials say that the streetlights on the Old Delhi road—from Mahaveer Chowk to Dundahera Border—are old and hence lamps in the area witness frequent snaps. "The lights are as old as 10 years and need continuous replacement. We will soon place electric poles and will try to ensure that all the streetlights function within 15 days," said Manjeet Sharma, Joint Engineer.
Sharma said almost all the streetlights were in working condition.
Meanwhile, residents of Old Gurgaon using the stretch say that not a single streetlight is functional in the evening hours, making the entire stretch dangerous.
"None of the streetlights from this part of Gurgaon to the Kapasehra border functions in the evening when I return home by 7:30," said Karishma Vohra, a resident of Sector 22-B.
First Published: Jul 17, 2013 01:30 IST