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Let there be light, says CM

Let there be light, says CM
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday chaired a high level meeting to take stock of the present situation of the streetlighting in the capital city.

Dikshit stressed upon the need of 100 per cent functional street lights and expressed her concern over number of non-functional street lights on certain important roads.  

The meeting was attended by the power minister Haroon Yusuf, PWD minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, chief secretary P K Tripathi, principal secretary (PWD), principal secretary (power) and senior officers of DISCOMS and all other departments/agencies concerned.

Dikshit stated that despite installation of SCADA system, the percentage of functional street lights has not improved and it seems that proper monitoring over SCADA is not being done.  

Apart from this, multiplicity of agencies on streetlighting work is also resulting in problem.

Chief minister instructed the chief secretary to come out with a mechanism after detail consultations with all concerned agencies to ensure well-lit roads matching to a world-class city.

At present, eight agencies are involved in streetlighting related works.  The roads transferred by the corporations and other major PWD roads needs attention. Dikshit also instructed that the maintenance of streetlighting and replacement of non-functional lights by the new one must be taken up seriously.

This is not the first time  the lack of street lights in Delhi or its improper maintenance had been pointed out. 0Earlier, Millennium Post also reported that during Diwali, there were around 60 per cent non-functional lights in various parks in areas that come under South Delhi Municiapl Corporation (SDMC), despite the direction of south Delhi mayor to maintain the lights before Diwali.

The corporation had allocated Rs 2.05 crore for maintenance of these lights. The corporation has installed tube lights, high masts and fancy lights in its parks but most of them are defunct and non-functional.

As per the records of the SDMC, it has installed lights in 1,604 parks of which 572 fall in south Delhi area.
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