Criminals on the prowl as street lights fail to function
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Criminals on the prowl as street lights fail to function

Residents of Prateek Laurel apartments, Sector 120, Noida, complain about absence of street lights, cite incidents of car theft, eve-teasing and chain snatching.

Criminals on the prowl as street lights fail to function A view of the road running between Amrapali Zodiac and Prateek Laurel in Sector 120, Noida.

Lack of streetlights has once again become a cause for concern in the city. This time it is the residents of Prateek Laurel apartment, Sector 120, Noida, who are complaining about the issue.

They say they prefer not to step out of their society after sunset as the road facing the apartment does not have any streetlights. Crime is on the rise and the residents hold officials responsible for it.

The half-kilometre road that runs between Amrapali Zodiac and Prateek Laurel is engulfed in darkness during night. Car lifters have become active in the area and over a dozen cars have been stolen from here in the past two months.

Vaibhav Jain, a resident of Prateek Laurel, said, “My car was stolen from just outside my apartment. Like any other day, after returning from office, I parked my car beside entry gate number two. But the next morning, my car went missing.”

Cases of eve-teasing and chain snatching have also been reported from the area. Anand Sharma, another resident of the Prateek Laurel, said, “I go to buy vegetables from the shopping complex located in front of Amrapali Zodiac. But I try to return before sunset. People of my apartment are scared and hardly anyone dares to go out after sunset. In fact, some anti-social elements can be seen loitering near the entry gate of the apartment.”

Noida Authority has installed as many as 20 poles in the last six months but it seems the authority has somehow forgotten to instal lamps in these poles. Sandeep Singh, president of Prateek Laurel’s Apartment Owners Association, said, “I have been following the issue with Noida Authority since the time the light poles were installed. Despite several assurances from officials, no action has been taken to instal lamps in these poles.”

Salil Yadav, project engineer, could not be reached for comment. However, another official, on condition of anonymity, said that the cause of the delay is shortage of lights with the Noida Authority. He said, “The problem will be solved once new lights are procured. A tender for procurement of lights has been floated.”