The Jaipur Municipal Corporation ( JMC) has geared up to illuminate city's public areas and colonies with light-emitting diodes (LED) bulbs before Diwali. In this regard, light committee meeting was called by the city mayor Nirmal Nahata on Wednesday where several issues related with maintenance of existing streetlights were discussed.
According to sources, the committee has invited tenders to install 815 new electricity poles for streetlights in the city. Also, tenders for maintenance of lights has been finalised. As per the requirement, the JMC will install temporary poles in many areas.
Besides, the decision was also taken to install high mast led lights in public areas such as parks, graveyards, temples etc. "To illuminate city before Diwali, a store has been set up at JMC. An executive engineer has been especially deployed to expedite the work," said Nahata.
Sources said that progress of installing LED bulbs in the state capital is moving at a snail's pace. As per the target, 1.5 lakh LEDs would be installed on Jaipur streets. However, only 40% target has been achieved so far.
Many councillors also alleged that the LED lights are only installed in the posh localities, whereas residents of colonies far flung colonies are living in dark. "The JMC should have planned to install these lights where it is required most. The official target is to install lights on main roads and posh colonies," alleged a BJP councillor "The LED bulbs do not illuminate streets as well as the recently removed sodium lights. The poles erected for these lights have come up without any proper study," said another BJP councillor.