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Some major areas in the city are yet to get street lights
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Guwahati: State’s capital, Guwahati still lacks the features of a smart city as street lights in major parts of the city are either yet to be installed or repaired. The shortage of street lights has become a major threat to the safety and security of city residents.

A source said there are around 29400 street lights installed in the city. Around 3750 lights are installed in the main roads against the requirement of 4800. The source said, “A sizable number of lights have been lying either damaged or partially functioning.”

The source claimed that many lights were supposed to be upgraded and maintained by the Guwahati Smart City Limited. “Due to the delay in operations, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation overtook the project last year and brought in Rs 70 crores sanctioned for the project by the government,” the source said.

According to the source, the GMC has also introduced a scheme where energy-efficient street lighting system with comprehensive operation and maintenance for seven years will be installed in the city.

“The residents can contribute a minimal amount of Rs 100 towards application processing fee for obtaining a street light in front of their house and bear the responsibility of energy charges of their respective street light. A total of 10,000 street lights can be installed in the first phase and the project is being undertaken on a demand-based approach,” the source said.

Some of the major areas, where the shortage of street lights are visible, are the main intersection of Uzanbazar, some areas under Chandmari, Mathura Nagar and Dwarka Nagar of Downtown and The GMCH or Bhangagarh hill. Some street lights of installed at Khanapara areas were also lying defunct and damaged.

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