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Faulty street lights plunge city lanes into darkness

Faulty street lights plunge city lanes into darkness
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Despite making tall claims of replacing the existing sodium vapour street lights with LED, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has failed to maintain existing street lights properly. About 50 per cent of street lights in by-lanes and main roads have been dysfunctional across the civic body limits. The GHMC did not repair the street lights which have become defective during recent rains.

Hyderabad: Despite making tall claims of replacing the existing sodium vapour street lights with LED, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has failed to maintain existing street lights properly. About 50 per cent of street lights in by-lanes and main roads have been dysfunctional across the civic body limits. The GHMC did not repair the street lights which have become defective during recent rains.

Residents in several areas allege that the Corporation officials have not even switch on the streetlights for several months. They allege only three lights were put to use when there are about 10 street lights in a colony. Residents in areas like Nagarjuna Nagar in Tarnaka, Bagh Lingampally, Aurora Colony in Banjara Hills, Himayathnagar, Gandhinagar, Ramnagar and other areas claim that the GHMC officials have turned a blind eye to the streetlights problems.

K Sandeep, a resident of Aurora Colony, said that the street lights on all the by-lanes in and around Satya Sai Nigamam have not been working for several weeks. Women in the area are the worst suffers. He said due to absence of street lights,several chain snatching incidentswere reported during the past few months. Even after repeated complaints, the GHMC officials have turned a blind eye to the issue.

Echoing his concern, K Akshitha, a resident of Tarnaka, said that there are 10 street lights in the area; but only three are illuminated. Due to the absence of street lights, several road accidents (non-fatal) have been reported.

GHMC officials have refused to comment on the issue and said they have been attending the grievances immediately. Highly placed sources in the civic body told The Hans India that about 50 per cent street lights have been dysfunctional. GHMC official deliberately not fixing the street lights since LED project is on the cards.

Meanwhile, GHMC has been spending Rs 185 core annually towards the street lighting in the city. Specifically, the civic body has been spending Rs 125 crore towards electricity bills, Rs 15 crore for purchasing materials and Rs 35 crore for minor repairs.

By Maddy Deekshith

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