SRINAGAR: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has installed more than fifty thousand sodium-vapour street lights across the Srinagar city since 2007, government said on Saturday.
Replying to a query in the Assembly, minister for Housing and Urban Develop¬ment Department, Mohammad Ashraf Mir said that the corporation has divided the city area in four and each zone has one light-repairing team under supervision of a zonal officer.
About the restoration of defunct-lights, he said that inadequate skilled staff was the reason behind the delay in the resto¬ration of defunct lights. “Necessary mea¬sures are being taken to bridge shortage of man power,” he added.
“SMC has already taken the steps to take over the lights installed by other agen¬cies in lanes and by-lanes of Srinagar city for its maintenance as decided in the Dis¬trict Board Meeting by Chief Minister.”
“Since the light installed by other agencies like PDD,J&K Housing Board, and Tourism are of different wattages and specification so the corporation has a taken up the matter with these agencies to furnish the detailed inventory of these defunct lights, so that the corporation can procure the spare parts for restora¬tion of these lights,” the minister said.
The department, the minister said, was mulling to install LED lights which con¬sume less power and are more durable.