SHOPIAN: With its street lights dysfunctional, the Shopian town reels into darkness as soon as the sun sets.
Residents said that the street lights have been dysfunctional for years, while as the municipal committee watches as mute spectator.
Shahid Ahmad, a shopkeeper in the town said that they are forced to shut shops early as no one turns to buy anything due to lack of lights and threat of stray dogs.
As many as 150 street lights have gone dysfunctional after the installation of lights was taken up in 2006. Locals said that soon after the installation, they stopped functioning and were never repaired.
The lights are dysfunctional even at important points in the town like Batpora Chowk, Court Road, Hospital and Goal Chowk areas, locals said. The street lights on Mughal road are not functioning as well.
Irshad Ahmad, a student said that authorities have installed small lamps instead of street lights which can hardly light up a small room.
“It is an abuse in the name of street lights,” Irshad said.
Locals allege that substandard lights were installed by the authorities, because of which they didn’t last long.
“Apart from being a hub of business, the rush of people rose after the opening of Mughal road, but when people reach here in late hours, they don’t find a hotel as it is dark all around,” Bashir Ahmad Malik, another local said.
Executive Officer Municipal Committee Shopian, Firdous Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they have taken lights for repairing, would be back on the streets within 20 days.
“Deputy Commissioner Shopian also sanctioned 3lac rupees for the street lights. Due to the fire incident in Muncipal Committee building, whole of the electronic material turned into ashes due to which repair work got delayed,” Firdous said.
He added that they have installed small lamps at important points.