Street lights defunct in Qazigund, locals aghast

Aman Malik
Anantnag, Apr 6: Residents of Qazigund Town in this south Kashmir on Friday complained that the streetlights installed in the area by the municipal committee were not functioning. They said that some of the lights have gone out of order and the concerned officials have failed to replace them. This hampers smooth movement of inhabitants in Qazigund during hours and causes immense problems to them.
The streetlights worth lakhs of rupees were installed in the Bona Bazar to Upper Bazar in several years’ back these lights are not functioning from the past Five year.
The municipal committee Qazigund has failed to undertake the maintenance of these lights said Adv Abdul Rahman Tantary a local resident. He said from last five year we did dozens of request to Municipal Committee Qazigund to replace the damaged streetlights of Qazigund with new ones so that people can move easily in night.
“Despite many reminders the municipal authorities have failed to restore these streetlights,” said Mohd Yousuf Rather, a resident of Qazigund. “We can’t venture out in the evenings as the whole areas reels under darkness.”
The defunct streetlights have also affected business activity in the town. In absence of street lights people face problems to reach to the markets in evening. “This forces us to close business establishments and shops early,” a shopkeeper Ab Rashid Sheikh said. “Despite paying taxes for basic facilities, the authorities have failed to repair the streetlights.”
If the streetlights are made functional, markets will definitely remain abuzz with the business activity during the late hours, he added.
Meanwhile, a senior official admitted that majority of street lights of MCQ were lying defunct. “We lack the skilled staff to make restoration of defunct street lights in Qazigund. But we are making efforts to overcome the shortage of trained staff for repairing of street lights,” the official said. When contacted to the Municipal Committee Executive officer (EO) Qazigund his was out of reach.