Dangling cables of different varieties have become a looming threat for the pedestrians and motorists in Dwarka.
Cables used by telecom and cable operators and internet service providers hanging from trees and street lights have become a common sight in the sub city. These cables pose a serious threat to people passing through the streets with shopkeepers, pedestrians and motorists complaining about it on a regular basis.
At master plan road 202 near Shahjahanabad Apartments in Sector 11 and DDA SFS Flats in Sector 5 across the Palam Drain, cables can be seen hanging from poles and even lying on the road. General secretary of RWA, DDA SFS Flats Sector 5, Mahesh Gupta said, “While the authorities are least bothered about the situation, cable operators and internet companies have been making a mess by haphazardly hanging the wires wherever they want. The road from Ashirwad Chowk to Sector 6 market is covered above with a mesh of wires.”
At important intersection, cables can even be seen lying on the roads. These are deliberately kept by the operators so that they could use them anytime they want. The residents say they have seen numerous accidents happening because of these cables.
Shalini Agrawal, a resident of Sector 12, said, “Just recently, while crossing the road at Ashirvad Chowk, my foot got entangled in wires lying at the zebra crossing. Fortunately, I just got away with minor bruises. Despite several complaints, neither DDA nor municipal corporation has done anything on the issue.”
Meanwhile, officials of civic bodies DDA, MCD and BSES said that the problem is that cable operators and internet service providers use their poles to hang wires, which is illegal. The residents say that the worst part is despite knowing the cause of the problem, the authorities haven’t been able to check it.
SK Dagar, deputy general manager, street light, BSES, Dwarka, said, “We regularly clean our poles of these cables. We have also written to MCD and DDA to take action against these people.”
Meanwhile, chief engineer of DDA, RK Singh, said that he would take the subject into concern and proper action will be taken.