Damaged streetlights near the Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Extension Metro station are a cause for concern among the cooperative group housing societies in the area. The residents, particularly women, feel troubled about the dark stretch.
The two streetlights on the nearly 100-m-long lane are defunct, and the authorities have not responded promptly enough to complaints. The residents frequently use this road to go to Big Bazaar at Gate No 1.
“During the day, I don’t hesitate to use the road, but I do feel unsafe in the evening,” said Meenu Kaushal, a resident of Nirman Apartments.
GS Rawat, joint secretary of Nirman Apartments Cooperative Group Housing Society, told City Spidey that the managing committee had complained to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) a couple of weeks back, but that it passed the buck to PWD, saying the area was under the latter's jurisdiction.
The residents approached the PWD next. However, PWD, Pradeep Gupta, its chief engineer, said maintenance of these streetlights came under the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC). “The PWD allots the area to DERC for installing streetlights; their monitoring, too, is the DERC’s responsibility,” he told City Spidey.
He added, “The PWD receives complaints and forwards them to the DERC. I will ask the junior engineer in charge of the area to look into the matter. After that, we will ask the DERC to replace the damaged streetlights.”