Baramulla: All the street lights installed in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town are lying defunct, causing huge inconvenience to the locals during night travel.
Despite orders by deputy commissioner (DC) of the district to the concerned officials more than a month ago, the public places of the town continue to reel under darkness.
The business fraternity of the town alleged that after DC directed the power development department and municipal council to restore the lights, only a few lights were repaired and restored around the DC office.
“The rest of the street lights at places like Khanpora bridge, Cement bridge, Azadgung bridge, Sheikh ul Alam foot bridge, Tehsil chowk, Bus stand, Tashkand chowk, Auqaf market, Jadeed road and other places are still in the same condition,” said a local businessman.
The locals going for offering Taraweeh prayers said that they had approached the concerned department officials before the commencement of the holy month but the officials did not heed to their demands.
“We are now helpless, we submitted dozens of written complaints about the defunct lighting system in the town but all in vain. Now approaching them is a futile exercise. Every time we get assurances from them but nothing is done on ground,” said Tariq Ahmad Magloo general secretary of Traders Federation of Baramulla.
Mohammad Yaqoob, a local, said that they were still using cell phones, torches, and lanterns to walk during the night.
“I think I have not seen a street light in old town Baramulla for around two decades now. The people have now become habitual of carrying their own equipments in the dark nights,” said Jehangir Ahmad, a resident of the town.