SMC Fails To Install Street Lights In City

Srinagar- At a time when the UT Administration is talking about making Srinagar a ‘Smart City’ but for city dwellers basic necessities of life have become luxuries. Residents from many areas of city are up in arms against authorities for having failed to install street lights in their areas. Locals say the street lights are defunct in many areas of capital Srinagar. In some localities poles have been erected but lights are yet to be installed.

Residents of the city have expressed resentment over “inordinate” delay in installing street lights in their respective areas.

In many city areas including Rajbagh, Khanyar, Hazratbal, Saida Kadal poles have been erected but lights have not been installed. In some localities where street lights have been installed but locals complain the installed lights never lit up the streets.

“Street lights have been installed in our area but they are never switched On” said Syed Mohsin, a resident of Old City’s Hawal area.

“Poles have not been erected equidistant to each other. This is unprofessional and makes city look ugly” said Mohsin.

The lighting in the city is being done by three departments together which include J&K Housing Board, Power Development Department (PDD) and Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).

Despite repeated attempts the Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) could not be contacted for comments.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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