IN A move aimed at addressing the issue of women’s safety and to prevent accidents in the capital, the Delhi government on Saturday started the process of illuminating “dark spots”, with PWD Minister Satyendar Jain inaugurating work at north Delhi’s Model Town.
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Speaking to mediapersons at the event, Jain said, “Many places in the capital get dark at night and, hence, cause a security problem. Corporations (MCDs) have to put up these lights but they do not have money. So, we had said we will install them, you give us NOCs (no-objection certificate). While they have given us NOCs for east and north Delhi, we haven’t received NOCs for other places. I want to request them that they issue NOCs for rest of the areas, wherever there is a demand from the public.”
On July 26, the government had announced that its Public Works Department will initiate the process of installing streetlights at dark spots identified in east and north Delhi following the receipt of the necessary NOCs from the corporations.
Asked about the alleged delay in installing lights, Jain said, “There is a process for installing these lights — once the NOCs have been received, tenders are given and work orders are issued. Then the installation takes place.”
With the issue being one of the key poll promises made by the AAP in the run-up to the Delhi assembly polls to ensure women’s safety, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday, tweeted, “Dark spots being illuminated all across Delhi on war footing…A big step for making Delhi safer for women.”
In a study conducted by the PWD, as many as 124 dark spots in areas under the east civic body and 7,304 in areas under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had been identified.
The government had said that the installation of LED lights will help in reduction of overall electricity consumption and generate savings. It had also announced that 82 poles in east Delhi and 7,304 poles in north Delhi areas will be installed within a span of six months.