Many areas in Hubballi and Dharwad go dark after sunset because the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation has failed to properly maintain existing street lights. It is not an exaggeration to say that approximately 30-40% of street lights in streets and alleys and main roads within the civic body’s limits are dysfunctional. The HDMC failed to repair the street lights that’s become defective during the recent rains.
Poorly lit roads or areas cause serious problems for residents, and the likelihood of the growth of illegal activities in these areas increases. According to Rajesh Simpi, an Old Hubballi resident, chain snatchers and antisocial elements may take advantage of this problem.Ladies from Ghodke Plot say they feel unsafe coming out after dark because their neighbourhood lacks street lights. Only a few spots light up at night. The area in Silver Town, according to a teacher there, is totally dark after the sunset; the teacher claimed that the lights on a major road connecting Gokul Road to the leprosy hospital had malfunctioned.
The lights on Karwar Road became defective, and the corporation or those responsible failed to address the issue. A resident reported that the lights in the area between Aditya fast-food and Oxford College (Kusugal Road) are out.
According to Anil Kumar, a resident of Ganesh Nagar 4th cross, the streetlights in this residential area are not working. According to a resident, there are no proper streetlights from Shanti Nagar Church to Sulla and Manoj Park Road. Another resident complained that the road connecting Victoria Road and Mydar Oni between Sobaradmath Gallli is poorly lit.
According to a Vidyanagar resident, the streetlights on Timmasagar temple road have become unresponsive. A Keshwapur resident reported that streetlights on Keshwapur’s main road, Kamat Hospital, and Nakoda Apartment area have been out of service for several months. According to one of our readers, who lives in Manoj Paradise Layout, there are no street lights near Sanskaar School.
Dr. Gopal Krishna, Commissioner of the HDMC, stated that a survey to replace conventional lights with LED will be completed in a day or two and that the corporation will replace these conventional lights, and he asked people to be patient with the corporation. Residents who experience street light problems should lodge a complaint, and the issue will be addressed as soon as possible.
Ganachari, a corporation officer, stated that the corporation has 63,000 street lights. If one or two lights in an area fail, they will be replaced with lights based on the complaint. He claims that 12,000 of the 63,000 lights are LED.
According to AIMIM Corporator Nazeer Honyal, the streetlight problem is getting worse. He also stated that he raised this issue during the latest recent general body meeting. HDMC officials have kept corporators in the dark and have not shared information with HDMC members to whom they have awarded contracts and who are maintaining them.
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