The initiative taken up by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to replace sodium streetlights with LED ones failed to make any impact as most of the streetlights were not working properly.
The South Corporation is now planning to tie up with BSES for maintenance of the streetlights, after the private agency, ESSL, roped in last year for the work, failed to do it efficiently.
Local councillors have been complaining about the issue for several months, but the corporation failed to take up the matter until now.
The project, which was kicked off last year for conservation of energy, aimed to convert 1.98 lakh streetlights into LED ones. Officials said that till date, around 1.85 lakh streetlights have been replaced, but most of them faced problems.
“Around 20-30 per cent of the streetlights are not working in my ward and despite complaining about it several times no action has been taken,” he added.
Sources said that due to wiring issues most of the lights could not take the load and resulted in poor lightning in many areas.
With the upcoming municipal polls, poorly-lit roads have become a major concern for most of the councillors.
“Even those streetlights that have been changed flicker due to poor quality. We are receiving many complaints. I recently went to inaugurate a high mast project and the streetlights were not working, it was very embarrassing.” said one of the councillors
Harjinder Saroha, RWA president of Vasant Kunj C-block, said the streetlights stop working frequently and residents are often confused whom to approach.
“Many elderly people in our area are afraid to go out for an evening walk, as the roads are poorly lit. We have complained to the agency several times about the streetlights that are not working, but no one paid any attention to our complaints,” said another RWA president
Standing committee chairman of SDMC Shailendra Singh said after receiving complaints, the corporation initiated talks with BSES to shift the maintenance of the streetlights, which may come into effect from August. Then, ESSL would only convert the sodium lights into LED ones.