City centre areas grope in darkness

Residents from several areas of the summer capital Srinagar on Thursday accused the authorities of failing to install street lighting system in their localities.

A group of residents from Barbarshah and adjoining areas said absence of the street lighting was causing inconvenience to people to move out during night hours.

Members of the business community from these areas also expressed their resentment against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for failing to install lighting system.

From SP College Road to Barbarshah Bridge, the residents said not a single street lighting system has been installed by the authorities concerned.

They said the street lighting system was either never installed or had gone defunct, from BSNL office Road towards Barbarshah.

“These are the two main roads where street lighting is not available,” said a resident, Manzoor Ahmed.

He said the authorities were only bothered to keep lighting system functional on the main roads like MA Road and Residency Road where cavalcades of government officials ply.

“Our areas have been ignored over the years and despite repeated pleas to the authorities concerned nobody has visited these areas to get the lights installed or repaired,” he said.

The business community of the area said that despite it being a hub of business, the authorities have been turning a blind eye towards electrifying the roads.

“Apart from being a residential area, scores of tourists are putting up in the hotels in the entire area. They (the tourists) to face inconvenience due to unavailability of street lighting during night hours,” said one of the shopkeepers.

The residents said during night hours there have been several mishaps in the area which has become a growing concern.

They said the residents particularly children also fear to venture out during evening hours.

Media in-charge Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Masarat Yusuf said they will look into the issue and try to resolve it at the earliest.