Streetlights choke walking space on Baramulla pavements

The installation of such lights on the payments had raised questions as locals here fear that their fate should not be the same as that of the existing streetlights which had been defunct for the past several years.
Streetlights choke walking space on Baramulla pavements
The new streetlights are being installed as part of the beautification of the Baramulla town under the ‘My Town My Pride’ programme.Special arrangement

The installation of new streetlights across Baramulla town by the Municipal Council Baramulla has not gone well with the locals who feel that the electric poles for the new streetlights would further eat into the already choked payments.

The new streetlights are being installed as part of the beautification of the Baramulla town under the ‘My Town My Pride’ programme.

As part of the programme, around 80 such streetlights would be installed across the town and each light would cost Rs 50,000.

The installation of such lights on the payments had raised questions as locals here fear that their fate should not be the same as that of the existing streetlights which had been defunct for the past several years.

The pavements across Baramulla town are already choked as shopkeepers had occupied most of the pavements by placing their stock.

Besides, the pavements are too narrow and pedestrians find it difficult to walk.

“Installation of lights on these pavements will further narrow the path, causing inconvenience to the pedestrians,” said Jahangir Ahmad, a shopkeeper at Tehsil Road, Baramulla.

The other issue with the installation of streetlights on the pavements would be that during the winter, the snow from the rooftops slides would damage the lights.

“The snow slides from the rooftop will damage them. The authorities need to rethink and find an appropriate place for their installation. Otherwise, it will be a waste of money,” said Shabir Ahmad, a local.

The streetlights installed over a decade back in the town are lying defunct.

After developing some snags in the past, these streetlights were left unattended.

General Secretary Traders Federation Baramulla, Tariq Ahmad Mughloo expressing displeasure over the installation of streetlights on the pavements said that they earlier asked the Municipal Council Baramulla authorities to install these streetlights on the road dividers but they did not agree to their suggestions citing “technical reasons”.

“The installation of such lights on the pavements will not serve any purpose,” Mughloo said. “The Municipal Council Baramulla needs to come up with some alternate proposal so that serves some purpose.”

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