GUWAHATI, April 22 - To ensure public safety during monsoon, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has decided to remove the decorative lights from the entire RG Baruah Road from next month.
The entire stretch of the road from Guwahati Commerce College up to the Ganeshguri flyover is one of the most waterlogging-prone zones of Guwahati that have had several incidents of electrocution deaths last year.
The spiralling lights adorned the streetlight poles of the entire city as part of the city beautification drive during the Advantage Assam investors� summit.
The decision came after a report by a joint team comprising officials from GMDA, GMC and APDCL, which conducted an inspection of the site and submitted its report in favour of removing the lights that might be hazardous during monsoons, especially when several stretches of the road remain submerged in knee-deep water for hours together.
�We just want to take a conscious approach ahead of the rainy season. As there have been several unfortunate incidents of electrocution deaths, mainly due to waterlogging, public safety is the foremost thing in our mind,� GMDA CEO Dr M Angamuthu told The Assam Tribune.
The joint inspection team has also suggested that all the decorative lights on the light poles spread throughout the city should be disconnected during bad weather conditions to avoid any untoward incident. The operators would be alerted about the weather forecast well on time in this matter.
The team unanimously agreed to suggest to the authorities to disconnect all the decorative lightings from Ganeshguri to the GCC point from May 1 till the end of rainy season. The APDCL has also suggested installing some security measures like installation of terminal box to protect the connection from rain water and to use miniature circuit breaker, residual current circuit breaker, etc., as protection against electric shock.