Dehradun civic body takes over maintenance & repair of streetlights after plaints, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

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DEHRADUN: Following multiple complaints of defunct streetlights in the city, Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has taken over the repair and maintenance part from the company tendered to do the job. The issue of defunct streetlights has been raised several times in the past with even city councillors filing complaints on a regular basis.

The problem had also been raised in the previous board meeting with allegations that the corporation is paying Rs 30 lakh per month for lights while only 50% of the amount is being used.

Stretches across prominent areas like Rajpur Road, Sahastradhara, Kaulagarh Road and even around the Vidhan Sabha, remain in darkness, along with several residential localities.

Officials said that warnings have been issued to the tendered company in the last but no major improvements have been seen in their work. “The company was tasked with both installation and the regular maintenance work, which has been severely lacking despite multiple complaints. We have now taken over the repair and maintenance and are in the process of formulating a plan for the same,” said municipal commissioner, Manuj Goyal.

Officials said that more maintenance vehicles and manpower will be outsourced for this purpose, the tenders for which are already being issued. There is also an ongoing issue of a strike by employees contracted by the company over non payment of dues, which has severely impacted the repair work.

“From our end, all bills with the company are clear except one which has been on hold due to poor working in the recent weeks.”

“The payment issues are of the company and the agency contracted by them for the work,” said Goyal.

  • Published On Jun 7, 2023 at 03:00 PM IST

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