The engineering wing of the city corporation has identified 1,088 dark spots in the central zone to install streetlights and improve the residents’ safety and security.
Recently, they had conducted a gap analysis to identify the dark spots to improve lighting. As per the norms, there should be a streetlight at a gap of every 30 metres.
During the analysis, it was found that 670 spots required 40-watt LED bulbs and another 418 spots required 20-watt LED bulbs. The highest of 109 dark spots were identified in ward 32, followed by 102 in ward 66 and 96 in ward 67. Ward 62 didn’t have any dark spots.
Corporation commissioner M Prathap said the state government had recently allocated close to 20 crore to light up the dark spots in the east, west, north and south zones. “These zones house many newly-developed areas that are not equipped with streetlights. Fund wasn’t allocated for the central zone since hardly any newly-developed area was noticed.”
The civic body has now allocated 90 lakh from its own fund to light up the dark spots in the central zone. A resolution in this connection was introduced and passed at the council meeting on Monday. “Work to install the lights will begin soon,” Prathap said.
At the meeting, he said, some councillors had raised the issue of streetlights at Kurichi area. Pointing out that the road and drinking water issues were sorted out in the eight wards of Kurichi area, they said the streetlight issue was yet to be solved. Prathap said there was a peculiar issue at Kurichi, where bulbs alone cannot be changed.
“When a bulb needs to be changed, the entire fitting has to be changed. Engineering officials are working to come up with a solution.”
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