New Delhi: Overhead and lying cable and internet wires have become a nuisance on the roads in Dwarka. Such wires can be seen across the sub-city along the roads. They are being tied using the street light poles. At many places these wires are over the heads in the middle of the roads as if it could fall and cause accidents mainly for bikers.
A net of wires can be seen just above the master plan roads in the sub-city. At some places the wires are put in such a way that it could be a trap for pedestrians and bikers. At intersections, the wires could be seen lying on the ground at dividers and zebra crossing passage.
RK Singh, a resident of Sector 14 said, “Such hanging wires are not allowed anywhere but here mostly the cable and internet wires are seen hanging in haphazard manner on road sides along the central verge of the roads and even over the roads. You can see it at the signals of Sector 13/14 in front of Om and Kautilya Apartments in Sector 14.”
Wires are seen lying on the roads at major intersections. Mostly, the wires seem to be kept by the operators deliberately so that they could be used anytime. But the wires are inviting danger to the pedestrians and the commuters on the roads as anyone could tangle in them and fall. At some of the places, the wires have been kept on ground just at the middle of the zebra crossing.
Seema Mishra, a resident of Sector 4 said, “Wires lying on the roads near intersections are very dangerous. Once I fell down at Ashirvad Chowk getting trapped in a wire lying at the Zebra Crossing. This is surprising that neither the DDA nor the Municipal Corporation take this seriously. They should make the roads safe by removing such wires.”
People in the civic bodies like DDA, MCD and BSES said that the cable operators and the internet service providers and operators mainly use their poles and the other such things which was not allowed. Also, on the roads due to multiple jurisdictions of civic bodies, the things did not get resolved.
Community people said that the practice of using infrastructure of DDA, SDMC and BSES by the private cable and internet operators are known to them but they did not take action.
“Recently few months back, a campaign too was flashed in WhatsApp groups of residents and authorities mentioning that the DDA horticulture is removing such wires, but looking at the ground, I could say that nothing effective has happened,” said Neeraj Sharma, a resident of Sector 10.
On the subject Deputy General Manager, Street Light, BSES, Dwarka, SK Dagar said, “ Such practice is done by private cable operators and internet operators. We take action on our poles and clean those wires. Also, we have written a letter to MCD and DDA for their jurisdiction to take the subject into concern. Such hanging wires are not allowed and also could prove dangerous.”