Panchkula streets in darkness as PMC fails to replace lights

Street-lights : Decision to replace them with LEDs was taken a month ago

Published:September 11, 2013 3:29 am

The Panchkula Municipal Corporation (PMC) has failed to repair street lights in the town and despite the fact that the corporation earlier decided to replace the street lights with LED lights,the work is yet to start even after more than a month has passed since the decision was taken.

The PMC,in its first meeting held on July 31,had decided to replace the defunct street lights with the LED lights but the decision is yet to be implemented on the ground. The corporation also set up a street light committee to repair the damaged lights and replace them with the LED lights. However,even as the committee met 10 days ago,work is yet to start on the replacement of lights.

Member of the street-light committee,C B Goel said there are more than 50 per cent of the near 10,000 lights in Panchkula that are lying defunct. He said that even as in the committee,the decision was taken that a company will be hired to set up the LED lights but no action has been taken on the matter as of now. Goel said the committee had decided that the LED lights will be set up in the city on pilot basis before the plan will be rolled out to the entire area of Panchkula. He,however,said the PMC has not been able to even enlist the company which could be entrusted with the job of setting up the LED lights. He also added that there are street lights which have become defunct and the corporation has taken no action to repair them. He said due to the defunct lighting system,people are facing inconvenience,adding that the defunct lighting system is also responsible for the increase in the number of crime incidents in

the town.

When contacted,Executive Officer (EO) of PMC,O P Sihag said the corporation will take measures to improve the street light system in Panchkula.

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