Srinagar sans street lights,Residents suffer

By ANH Correspondent

Srinagar, June 11 : The street lights in Srinagar city remain defunct or at some places these light are yet to be installed with the people facing their worst in the darkness.

In Srinagar city different agencies like Housing Department (HD), Power development Department (PDD), Tourism, Roads and Building Department (R&B) and SMC install street lights in Srinagar but their callous approach has left the city in dark.

Locals of Khanyar told Asiannewshub, that it is ironing that these departments always maintained lighting in posh areas and has neglected the core city areas, “people usually stay out till late for prayers, but here the lights are non-functional at every nook and corner make people to stay indoors as the darkness falls,”.

In the developmental process of city, Authorities have forgotten some area where they should have installed the street lights, these areas include Gulshan Lane, Green lane, Bismillah Colony, Masjid Lane in Kani Tar area of Sadribal similarly in Bemina there are also some colonies which are yet to get the benefit of street lights.

Asiannewshub Correspondent found shuttered shops and empty roads with the road leading to SKIMS deserted with no streetlights. The same was found with other roads on Nallahmar, Khanyar, Babademb, Hawal and Zaina Kadal, Asha Bagh, Batmaloo, Bemina and other areas.

At several places, locals told Asiannewshub, they pooled in money and installed fluorescent lights on their own. At several spots such as Nowhatta, Rainawari and Nowpora, lights were installed, but the areas were facing outages that cut street lighting as well.

Residents of Batamaloo told Asiannewshub,that before nine months, authorities installed street lights but within first two months these street lights turned defunct.

“We don’t understand that on every light there is a warranty of at least one year but when these street lights got defunct within two months why they were not replaced under warranty, which clearly indicates that either the authorities have been bribed to neglect the issue or some worst kind of lights were installed,” residents alleged.

Bashir Ahmad a shop keeper at batamaloo tld Asiannewshub, that I usually reach home late in the evening but due to this grave issue I feel lot of inconvenience. I request authorities to take some constructive steps and enquire about the lights which got defunct within months,”.

In city life, it irks a lot when we go back to our homes during evenings. I am from Barbarshah, here dogs guard the streets and in the absence of street lights, it is very dangerous to move.

We will have a sigh of relief if SMC authorities pay a heed now.

The lights are installed by different departments as they have their own jurisdiction. “SMC have to cover small lanes, and main roads are covered by PDD, while as in tourist spots street lights are installed by tourist department as well as Housing Department,” an official in the electric wing of SMC told Asiannewshub.

He added that we have installed 7000 street lights and they are functional while as we are repairing 14000 more street lights.

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