Street lights installed across Anantnag district especially at Khanabal, Pahalgam Road, Lal Chowk and Janglat Mandi are dysfunctional.
The locals while expressing dismay said crores of rupees spent on the lights have gone down the drain. "The defunct street lights along important roads cause severe inconvenience to the people during evening and night hours. The authorities have never bothered to fix or replace them," they said.
The locals accused the municipal authorities of indifference and apathy. They demanded appropriate measures and installation of lights in Anchidora, Malaknag, Moominabad besides habitations along KP road.
The enraged shopkeepers said that the Anantnag town which was once a commercial hub now presents a look of a remote village. The absence of street lights further makes the shops prone to thefts.
"I have never seen these lights working. These lights have served no purpose. This is how the public money is being wasted here," said Ali Muhammad.
Director Local Bodies, Reyaz Ahmad said: "At certain places the lights might not be functional, 90% (2000) of street lights out of 3900 which are functional as on date and I am under clear instructions to fix the problem. The lights that need repair will be made functional by tomorrow evening while new ones will also be installed within period of one month," he assured.