Defunct streetlights irk Baramulla residents

Defunct streetlights irk Baramulla residents

The locals alleged that Roads and Buildings (R&B) department, Power Development Department (PDD) and Municipal Committee authorities have failed to restore most of the defunct streetlights.

The streetlights installed in the town here have gone defunct with locals holding administration responsible for its indifference towards maintenance of the gadgets and impeding movement of people during evening hours. 

The locals alleged that Roads and Buildings (R&B) department, Power Development Department (PDD) and Municipal Committee authorities have failed to restore most of the defunct streetlights.

“I have hardly seen these lights functioning at the proper time since past three years. The canine menace is just there and dark evenings add to the danger of dog bite,” said Khursheed Ahmad Ahangar, a local shopkeeper. 

The streetlights were installed in 2008 from Khawaja Bagh to Khanpora including Chattipadashi and Old Town.

However, local residents accused PDD of abandoning the lights after their installation.

The lights installed on Cement Bridge, a lifeline for public movement, have been defunct after being damaged during stone-pelting incidents.

Nissar Hussain Kakpuri, Executive Engineer R&B Division Baramulla, said, “About Rs 12 lakh were spent on repairing but Municipal authorities have not undertaken the maintenance of streetlights.” 

However, Imtiyaz ul Haq, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Baramulla, said, “Due to lack of funds and manpower, we can’t undertake maintenance of streetlights at our own.”

“Streetlights are maintained by R&B and Municipal Committee in the town and we have nothing to do with them,” maintained Bashir Ahmad Shah, Assistant Executive Engineer PDD Baramulla.