About 800 street lamps in Pune cantonment board areas defunct, finds study, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

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PUNE: Dysfunctional streetlights on many stretches of the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) limits have made commuting difficult at night.

An internal survey by the electrical engineering section of the PCB revealed that about 20% (800) of the total 4,000 street pole lights in the area are not functional owing to a lack of maintenance.

Some stretches of prominent roads such as Pune-Solapur highway, East Street, and Coyaji Road remain in the dark at night due to faulty streetlights. Officials said poles and cables need to be replaced at some locations as they are at least a decade old.

“Paucity of funds for maintenance is the main reason for the problem,” said a senior official. “We received some funds for repair and maintenance, so we initiated the work in core areas of the cantonment recently. However, the work on the main roads is yet to be started,” he added.

The PCB has about 75km road network within its 11.54sqkm area. Many living in the Pune Municipal Corporation area pass through the PCB limits daily. Poor roads make matters worse for them, said officials.

Subrat Pal, chief executive officer, PCB, said that delay in maintenance work has led to the current situation.

“We have completed the tendering process. Now, it is being examined by the Military Engineering Services. The repair and maintenance work will commence in the identified areas at the earliest,” Pal told TOI on Monday.

“The PCB receives at least 10-15 complaints daily regarding non-functional streetlights from commuters,” said officials.

“It is difficult to see vehicles coming from the opposite direction at night on Empress Garden Road due to the prevailing darkness and the canopy formed by the trees. It is risky to travel through the stretch as the road is riddled with potholes. Riding a motorcycle at night is nothing but inviting trouble for oneself,” said commuter Akash Shinde.

Even some streets in the military areas are without streetlights.

“When I was posted in the command two decades ago, the cantonment used to take care of each service carefully. It had an effective redressal system. But currently the cantonment is struggling to provide basic services. The authorities concerned should pay heed to the pressing issues and address their financial problems at the earliest,” said a retired major general who did not wish to be named.

  • Published On Sep 28, 2022 at 02:29 PM IST

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