Defunct streetlights irk town residents

Greater Kashmir

People suffer, admin unmoved

Islamabad (Anantnag), June 3: With the street lights rendered defunct, the residents here complain that they are subjected to tremendous inconvenience as authorities do not pay any heed to repair them.
 Locals told Greater Kashmir that as soon as the dusk approaches the entire town plunges into darkness because the street lights erected at various places are lying defunct.
 “The street lights along almost all the main roads including Khanabal-Pahalgam (KP) road, Lal Chowk, Cheeni Chowk, Mattan Chowk, Court Road, Ashajipora, Shirpora, Kadipora, Sarnal and  Janglat Mandi are lying defunct,” said the residents.
 They said that the concerned departments that were entrusted the job of erecting and maintaining these street lights, have not bothered to repair them or install new ones wherever needed.
 “Though at some places, High Mast lights were erected few years back but they too function occasionally,” said Muneeb Ahmad of Kadipora.
 He said that the assurance of authorities of installing more High Mast lights at busy market places proved a hoax.
 However, the said contractor told Greater Kashmir, “The electric supply to the street lights of Industrial Estate has been snapped from sub-station itself as the Industries department might not have cleared the outstanding fees.”
 The locals complained that as soon as the dusk approaches they are unable to move for the fear of canines.
 Executive Officer, Municipal Council Anantnag, Shabir Ahmad, when contacted, said, “Yes, at some places the lights are not functional. We have already sent a proposal to Director Urban Local Bodies for the maintenance but due to the model code of conduct, the tendering process got delayed”.