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PWD, SDMC trade charges over delay in streetlighting project

The Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) has alleged that the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is not cooperating in its ambitious project to light up dark spots in areas under its jurisdiction, a charge denied by the civic body.

A senior PWD official alleged that SDMC had denied the permission for installing streetlights at dark spots across South Delhi even as the process had been initiated across East Delhi and North Delhi areas as both the civic bodies have given No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) to the department, he said.

The installation work in North and East Delhi is scheduled to be completed by February next year, the official said.

Authorities in the SDMC, however, denied the charge saying that the tendering process for 5,000 poles with lights was in an advanced stage and was likely to be completed in the next 15-20 days.

“We have already given tenders for installing 5,000 poles with lights, including coverage of 2,500 dark spots identified in our area by the Delhi Police. Efforts are being made to install the lights before Diwali,” SDMC’s Standing Committee chairman Shailendra Singh Monty said.

He claimed that the SDMC had received no communication in this regard from the Delhi government and that the civic body was lighting up the dark spots on its own.

Illumination of these spots would make the areas safer for the residents in general and would ensure safety to women as well, said another senior government official.

A detailed survey was initiated by the PWD to identify the dark spots in North and East Delhi. It was found that there are 124 dark spots in the East Delhi Municipal area and around 7,304 dark spots in the North Delhi Municipal area, he said.

As per the project, PWD will light up these areas and install around 82 poles in East Delhi and 3,686 poles in North Delhi. The department also plans to install 124 

LED lights in East Delhi and around 7,304 LED lights in the North Delhi region to illuminate dark spots.

Lighting Up Your Way

1. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation had denied the permission for installing streetlights 
at dark spots in areas under its jurisdiction

2. PWD found that there are 124 dark spots in EDMC and around 7,304 in the North MCD
  
3. As per the project, PWD will light up these areas and install around 82 poles in East Delhi and 3,686 poles in North Delhi
  
4. The department also plans to install 124 LED lights in East Delhi and around 7,304 LED lights in the North Delhi region to illuminate dark spots

5. The installation work in North and East Delhi is scheduled to be completed by February next year
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