Streetlights in Tral defunct for 8 years, add to peoples' woes

For the past eight years authorities have failed to repair defunct streetlights in this township of Pulwama district, despite people having repeatedly taken up the matter with local administration.

The electrical and mechanical wing of roads and buildings department had installed the lighting system in the town in 2011. But, within few months the entire system developed snag and since then it hasn’t been repaired, an official confirmed.

Many residents who spoke to Greater Kashmir said that the lighting system, particularly on sub-district hospital road, Hamdania market and bus stand went out of order many years ago.

“In absence of streetlights it becomes very difficult to move out during late evening and night hours, in case of any emergency. The outer lighting system of sub district hospital is also defunct for many years now,” Shoaib Muhammad, a local said.

Though municipal committee Tral has installed a few lights at some specific points in the town the proper streetlight system is completely missing.

“Despite many representations to authorities concerned, to either repair or replace the defunct lights, nothing has been done so far” said Mohammad Ayoub, a local trader.

As per local trader fraternity the absence of street lights has affected their business. They say during evening time the customers flow to the markets decreases suddenly as people prefer not to venture out in darkens.

Today, the traders and residents made a fresh appeal to the deputy commissioner Pulwama to intervene and direct the department concerned to address their long pending demand.

An official in R&B division Pulwama passed the buck on electrical and mechanical wing of the department over the defunct streetlights. “It is not within our jurisdiction,” he said.