GUWAHATI, Dec 24 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is carrying out a survey to assess the requisition and budget for installation of streetlights in areas where there is no such facility.
Superintending Engineer (SE) of GMC�s electrical section Dipankar Kakoti said the survey would be conducted in all the six divisions of the municipality area. �We are conducting the survey in a phased manner. We are almost about to finish the task in Division 1. After completion of the survey, we will assess the requirements of streetlights on the lanes and bylanes of the city and accordingly the budget will be prepared,� he said.
The city residents have been complaining about not having streetlights in their localities. Absence of streetlights had led to several untoward incidents on earlier occasions. SE Kakoti said the GMC has also started repairing the non-functional streetlights along the major roads of the city. Twenty-two local agencies have been engaged in the task and the repairing work will be completed by January 15.
�We have outsourced the work to 22 agencies. Over Rs 9 crore is the estimated expense for the work. The task is currently under way on GS Road, AT Road, RG Baruah Road, GNB Road, MRD Road, MG Road, Mother Teresa Road, Panjabari and Hatigaon-Bhetapara Road among other places. Many damaged poles are also being repaired,� he said.
�We are also getting frequent calls about non-functional streetlights on the bylanes. GMC personnel themselves are repairing the non-functional streetlights on the bylanes,� he added.
According to GMC authorities, many streetlights become non-functional mainly due to the damage done to the power cables during road construction work carried out by the PWD, water pipeline laying work by the Jal Board and also due to road accidents.