On Sunday noon, a streetlight pole outside City Centre Mall, all of a sudden fell over a car with people sitting inside it. After apprising the officials of the BSES (Reliance Energy, formerly known as Bombay Suburban Electric Supply) about it, they promptly removed it from the location.
Though nobody got injured, it has raised several serious questions on the work approach of the civic body concerned. Terming the infrastructure 'poor, weak and posing threat to life', the residents of the sector demand the department concerned to look into the matter and do the needful.
Talking to City Spidey on this issue, Pankaj, resident of Abhiyan Apartments said, “It has become a common affair in Sector 12 as till now, 4 such poles have been replaced. Besides, there are four more which are about to fall. Apart from these, 25 poles are in bad shape as they are either weak, damaged or getting rusted.”
Taking a step further, he went to other areas of the sector and clicked photographs of such poles, sharing it with City Spidey, in order to make the general public and the authority concerned realise the seriousness of the issue.
“While taking a walk, I noticed this pole right opposite to the main gate of Bal Bhawan Public School. It may fall anytime as it is bent precariously. It can invite mishaps as school vans, buses, cars can be seen parked in proximity. If not acted promptly, it can prove fatal for students and others,” Pankaj added.
He further said that there are such poles near his society which need immediate attention.
Other residents, too, have raised this issue with the department concerned.
P Menon, treasurer of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Ashirwad Apartment said, “We have highlighted our concern in the meetings held with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) but nothing effective has been done so far in this regard. Such poles should be replaced as soon as possible.”
Besides, people have written to the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi, DDA's chairman, Ministry of Urban Development and local MP in this connection.
“They are powerful because they have the authority to get the work done but sadly, they don't seem to be pressurising the DDA to replace such dangerous poles. Therefore, I want to bring this issue to public notice through the help of media,” Pankaj concluded.