GHAZIABAD: It is a common sight to find many streets plunge into darkness after sunset in areas such as Raj Nagar Extension, Meerut Road Industrial area, Ambedkar Road, Patek Nagar, New Arya Nagar and Sanjay Nagar. The streetlights on these stretches are lying defunct for many months leading to an alarming rise in road accidents and petty crimes such as chain and mobile snatching.

Residents alleged that repeated pleas to the authorities have failed to elicit any response. Ritesh Sinha, a resident of Raj Nagar Extension, said, “I have stopped going out after evening as the road in front of my house is without streetlights for several months now. I have complained to the authorities but in vain. It is hard to believe that such an important town of NCR lacks such basic amenities.”
Residents have also uploaded video clips and photographs of unlit stretches on social media tagging the concerned officials but even that failed to make authorities react.
ON Sharma, a resident of Indirapuram, tweeted, “#Kanawani Pulia to Vaishali Pulia, #Indirapuram, #Road condition. Street lights on this stretch are unlit. Need urgent action..” Sharma said he is yet to get a response.
Residents of a few localities have also highlighted safety concerns after rising incidents of chain and mobile snatching on unlit streets in their areas. “Such roads are an open invitation to criminals who indulge in petty crimes,” said Sohan Rastogi a resident of Patel Nagar. “The Ghaziabad municipal corporation (GMC) which should be looking into the issue has shown no interest,” added Rastogi.
Accidents on these dark stretches have also become quite common. Bhavtosh Choudhary, who lives in Meerut Road Industrial area, said, “About a fortnight ago I was hit by a motorbike while crossing the road. The biker said that he didn’t see me in the dark.”
Councillor Rajender Tyagi said that in August, he had hinted at a LED light scam in GMC. He had alleged that 25% of the city’s lights are not working. “A survey conducted by GMC has revealed that of the 48,000 streetlights, 8,614 are not working,” said Tyagi. “The company responsible for installing street lights has not done its job and residents are paying for it,” he said.
Meanwhile, GMC commissioner Mahender Singh Tawar said that the process of replacing defunct streetlights is underway. “In past one month, we have replaced 4,000 streetlights in different parts of the city. We will replace other defunct lights too,” he said.

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