Srinagar: To improve street lighting, Srinagar Municipal Corporation is installing 18000 street lights and at the same time repairing defunct lights too.
The lighting will be done in city’s smaller lanes and bye lanes too.
“CM is very keen to illuminate all streets of the city particularly during the month of holy Ramzan. We have a target to install 18000 street light in the Srinagar city in which we have already installed 4200 street lights. We have to cover small lanes, and main roads will be covered by PDD. City has expanded from 300 sq.kms to 430 sq.kms, so we have to take care for newly developed colonies too. We are installing lights in the lanes towards Mosques and other worship places on priority basis. People are requested to give simple application in SMC office for street lights’’, said Srinagar Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Dr. Shafkat Khan.
Keeping in mind this growth rate, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched 100 cities National Programme on January 5, 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights. Under Street Light National Programme (SLNP), the government aims at replacement of 1.34 crore conventional street lights across the country.
SMC has issued directions for repairing defunct street lights in the city.
Khan said that since January 2017, 10460 defunct street lights have been repaired and made functional. “All pending defunct street lights will be restored by or before Eid-ul-fitr,” he added.
“I have set up five teams to address the complaints regarding defunct street lights. The team will be available from 9 am and address all the complaints registered with our helpline number 24704499,” Commissioner SMC further said.
Commissioner emphasizes that necessary measures are being taken to ensure maximum possible facilities to the people and restore the evening life of the city so that people will move freely in the late hours.
Locals have hailed the initiative of SMC and said that these steps will revive the evening life of the city. They said that the good lighting will help locals and tourists alike to freely move in the night without any difficulty. People have now demanded that such kind of developmental steps should be taken in other towns also.