Over 100 complaints daily, Dehradun civic body says ‘only 500 defunct streetlights’, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

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DEHRADUN: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) is receiving over 100 complaints daily, through various portals and helpline numbers, over malfunctioning streetlights, according to data available with the civic body.

While DMC authorities claimed the complaints are being dealt with and that their numbers are reducing everyday, residents and city councillors disagree.

The DMC claims of the 97,949 streetlights in 100 wards of Dehradun, less than 500 are currently defunct. Bhupender Kathait, councilor, Hathibarkala, said this couldn’t be true, as “in every ward, at least 10 to 12 lights are defunct”.

“Entire areas around the CM’s house, the governor’s house and the assembly are shrouded in darkness, not to mention the many residential areas where the lights do not work at all. How is it possible that only 500 are defunct?” he said.

Some councillors also questioned investing in new switches even as old lights are yet to be repaired. “If the agency tasked with fixing the streetlights is unable to do it, it should be replaced,” said another councillor. Residents at several prominent localities said they are at their wit’s end due to dark roads after sundown.

Nitin Rawat, a resident of Sahastradhara area said, “The entire Sahastradhara road stretch falls dark after sunset. Not a single light works. Tree felling work is underway here. Imagine all of this in the dark.”

Municipal commissioner, DMC, Manuj Goyal said, “Repair work has picked up pace and the daily number of complaints has gone down. The new automated switches are also being set up at major roads.”

Meanwhile, an official of the department said that setting up of new switches is taking time as DMC has a limited number of linemen technicians.

“It will take at least another six months to set up all the 4,500 switches. Each one takes time. Also, we are only putting up the switches at lights that are in perfect-working order. In the next phase, we will move to the remaining wards,” the official added.

  • Published On Oct 14, 2022 at 06:00 PM IST

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