Madurai Street Lights On The Blink As Contract Expires, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

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MADURAI: Arterial roads and residential areas in Madurai city have of late been plunging into darkness on and off as the contract for maintaining street lights in the city has expired.

It is not just the city extension areas where the city corporation is establishing basic amenities in a phased manner that is affected, but busy and important locations. They include Nethaji Road and Panagal Road, where Government Rajaji Hospital is situated.

R Selvam who runs an apparel shop on Nethaji Road, which leads to Meenakshi temple, says not even half of the LED street lights on the road are functioning.

In North Masi Street, just two street lights on the entire stretch are seen functioning, he said. “In the last few weeks, it has been raining now and then, which adds to our woes. Tourists and pilgrims find it extremely difficult to find their path,” he said.

Madurai roads, though neatly paved, are notorious for sudden potholes thanks to underground drainage getting clogged often and corporation workers breaking open the road looking for manholes. But they are not paved evenly and tend to develop potholes here and there. “Navigating these roads on twowheelers in dim light or in the dark is very dangerous since we will skid and fall,” says R Rathnam, a trader.

Corporation zone 1 president S Vasuki said the extension areas are the worst-affected. Entire residential areas plunge into darkness and extension areas lack safety. “Residents live in constant fear of theft and burglaries,” she pointed out. AIADMK floor leader Solai M Raja had pointed out at the last corporation council meeting that the contractor maintaining street lights does not oblige councillors any more when they take up complaints as his tenure has lapsed. Since no maintenance was being carried out, he urged the city corporation to find a new contractor without further delay.

Corporation commissioner Simranjeet Singh Kahlon said they have called for new tenders and they are being opened. As of now the city corporation is maintaining street lights on its own and a new contractor will be shortlisted soon. “We have fixed 2,000 faulty lights recently. Once the contractor takes over, all the street light problems will be fixed,” he said.

  • Published On Aug 11, 2022 at 05:00 PM IST

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