Reviews functioning of street lights, directs for regular maintenance, installation of more high mast lights
SRINAGAR: In order to check the availability and status of power supply and functioning of street lights in Srinagar City, Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, PHE and Irrigation & Flood Control, Power Development, Industries & Commerce, Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, conducted a tour of various areas of city late last night.
A statement issued by information department here said that the Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir, Shahnaz Goni, Superintending Engineer PDD Aijaz Ahmed Dar, Executive Engineers and other senior officers accompanied the Minister during his surprise tour.
The Minister started his late night city tour from Jawahar Nagar and then visited, Abi Nowpora, Khanyar, Rainawari, Saidakadal, Nigeen, Hazratbal, Kanitar, Lal Bazar, Zadibal, Nowshera, Soura, Eidgah, Jamia Masjid, Nowhatta, Maharaja Gunj, Zaina Kadal, Alikadal, Khanqai Moualla, Nawabazar, Kaksarai, Karan Nagar, Fateh Kadal, Baba Dam, and Khayam Chowk.
During the visit, the Minister personally checked the functioning of street lights and directed the concerned officers for making defunct lights immediately functional. He also asked them to replace old yellow lights with LED lights which help in saving power.
The Minister was apprised that the department is in the process of installing High Mast LED lights and have already installed at various places in the city. The Minister asked the concerned to install more lights in the city at important crossings and busy areas for the convenience of the commuters.
The Minister also halted at various places and interacted with the locals and inquired about the functioning of street lights. He directed the officers to regularly monitor the functioning of street lights so that the defunct lights can be repaired immediately. He also asked them to ensure that street lights near to the Masjids and Dargahs to be remain functional in view of upcoming holy month of Ramzan.
He asked the concerned officers to coordinate with all the departments who have installed street lights including, Tourism and Urban Development Department so that repairs and maintenance works can be done in a smooth manner without causing inconvenience to the people. He further asked them to install street lights in the areas which were remained unattended.
The Minister said that it was the concern of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to overcome from the loss to the power infrastructure during 2014 floods in which the department had lost its infrastructure on bigger scale. He said the PDP-BJP coalition government after taking over the power, initiated the repair and other power related works but could not done much because of last year unrest in the valley. He said that the department is now working 24X7 to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people besides creating power infrastructure in the state.