With the festival season near,the South Municipal Corporation is taking steps to ensure that streetlights under its jurisdiction dont fail the public.
The corporation has asked the BSES Rajdhani to ensure that all streetlights are functioning properly before October 5.
Ajay Kumar,vice president,BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd,told the corporation standing committee that all dysfunctional and broken lights will be repaired by October 5.
Kumar,however,told councillors that the maintenance of streetlights could not be carried out properly because the corporation was very casual about clearing power dues.
No money,no service. We need to have money to ensure smooth lighting across the city. We have carried out a survey and found that 90 per cent of the lights were in good condition, Ajay Kumar said.
Opposition leader Farhad Suri demanded that the survey
results of his ward be shown to him,claiming that he had not signed a single electricity bill for past 12 years for the streetlights in his area.
Half the lights in my area are not working. In the name of maintenance,they (BSES) demand money. It is we who spend money from our funds to upgrade and maintain streetlights, Suri said.
Signatures of councillors are needed on power bills for the BSES to claim reimbursement. Though many of the councillors claimed that they had not signed these bills,the BSES said it had managed to get the signatures of most councillors.
Standing committee chairperson Rajesh Gehlot too pulled up the BSES and said nearly 50 per cent of the streetlights in the South corporations jurisdiction were not functioning.
We have passed a resolution today that we will deduct 50 per cent from the power bill demanded by BSES and another 50 per cent from the maintenance budget. The BSES must ensure that all streetlights are functioning from October 5 till Diwali. People should be able to enjoy the festival season without fear of chain-snatchers, Gehlot said.