Nine condominiums around, but this 2km stretch has no lights for over a year, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

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GHAZIABAD: Approximately two km of the stretch in Siddharth Vihar, Ghaziabad, has hardly any functional street lights and remains dark at night, leaving over 20,000 residents in the nearby nine highrises feeling unsafe during their commute. Residents have been complaining about the issue for a year, but the authorities are yet to resolve it completely.

NK Negi, a resident of Prateek Grand City, Siddharth Vihar, said, “From the T&T roundabout on the DPS side to Apex Kremlin to Prateek Grand City, the entire stretch needs more street lights. It is one of the basic amenities residents should have, but we are still fighting for it. Most of us avoid travelling after sunset.”

Residents started moving into Siddharth Vihar two years ago, and more are moving into the highrises gradually. “We shifted last November after getting possession in July 2021. But locals said they have only seen light poles over the last several years, but no functional street lights. Due to regular follow-ups, the authorities lit up one side, but it is still dark in many places.”

“Most residents have invested their hard-earned money in flats here and shifted from places where they had proper roads, street lights and other facilities. Awas Vikas Parishad gets funds from Lucknow, and nothing will change unless it receives the funds for work in this regard,” said Negi.

“What is the purpose of paying maintenance charges if we do not even have enough street lights? The roads are in a pathetic condition posing a grave risk for commuters, especially motorists,” said Rituraj Lakhera, another resident of Siddharth Vihar.

Residents added that the stretch also has innumerable potholes, making driving in the dark dangerous. “I daily travel back home late at night from my office in Delhi. It takes me an hour to reach my flat due to this street light issue. I have asked my boss to let me leave before sunset due to this reason. However, even though I try to come back early, it is impossible. The authorities should work on installing more street lights here,” said Shreya Singh, another resident of Siddharth Vihar.

Even after multiple calls, officials with Awas Vikas Parishad did not respond to calls from TOI.

  • Published On Nov 21, 2022 at 05:30 PM IST

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