Dwarka: Cable and internet wires overhead and lying on the roads have become a nuisance in Dwarka. Such wires can be seen over the head across the city along the roads using the street light poles. In many places, these wires are over the heads in the middle of the roads. If it falls, it could be a cause of accident mainly for bikers. A net of wires can be seen just above the master plan roads in the city. At some places, the wires are in such a way that they could trap a pedestrian or biker. At chowk, wires could be seen laying on the ground at dividers and zebra crossing passage there.
Sushil Kumar, President of Dwarka Forum, who is a resident of Sector 14 said, “Such hanging wires are not allowed anywhere but mostly the cable and internet wires are seen hanging haphazardly on the roadside 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 chowks. Mostly the wires seem to be kept by the operators deliberately so that they could use them anytime. But the wires are inviting danger to the pedestrians and the commuters on the roads near chowks as anyone could tangle in them and fall.
In some of the places, the wires have been kept on the ground just in the middle of the zebra crossing. RN Singh, a resident of Sector 4 said, “Wires lying on the roads near chowks 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 takes 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 were not allowed. Also, on a road due to multiple jurisdictions of civic bodies, the things did not resolve. Community people said that the practice of using the infrastructure of DDA, SDMC and BSES by the private cable and internet operators are known to them but they did not take action. “A few months back, a campaign too was flashed in WhatsApp groups of residents and authorities that DDA horticulture is removing such wires, but looking at the ground I could say that nothing effective has happened,” said Bhavna Gupta, a resident of Sector 6.
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 for 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 on the other hand, could be dangerous.”