GURUGRAM: The issue of streetlights dominated MCG’s House meeting on Monday too, with the councillors describing the apparent failure of the civic body officials in installing 200 streetlights in each ward as “a matter of shame for a corporation with an annual budget allocation of Rs 2,500 crore”.
The issue was discussed in the previous House meeting as well, when it was clearly and unanimously decided that 200 streetlights would be provided to each ward. However, the councillors claimed that MCG officials have failed to implement the decision. The House on Monday decided that streetlights should be procured directly through GEM, a government-run e-commerce portal, within 15 days.
In fact, it was ward number 18 councillor Subhash Singla who raised the issue again, claiming that only three streetlights have been installed in his ward to date. On this, MCG commissioner Mukesh Kumar Ahuja sought a report from the engineering wing on the streetlights installed in the ward. MCG executive engineer Vishal Garg said that 13 street lights were installed between April 9 and May 11 this year. On this, Singla said that he had no idea where these lights were installed and who told Garg to install the same.
Mayor Madhu Azad then intervened, blaming the officials for not paying any heed to the House’s decisions. “When there are clear directions that the streetlights should be installed in the areas highlighted by the councillors, why were the same not followed. Why is not the councillor (Singla) not kept in the loop during the installation of the streetlights,” she said during the meeting.
Commissioner Ahuja also said that the discussion of installing streetlights has been going on for the past one year. Chief engineer Thakur Lal Sharma, on his part, blamed the private agency contracted for the installation of streetlights in Gurgaon for not doing its job properly. “This is why the MCG has not cleared their final payment. Anyway, streetlights will be installed in each ward as per the requirement. If required, we will install more than 200 streetlights in a ward.”
Councillor Brahm Prakash Yadav, who recently had a fight with the chief engineer, then said that Sharma has a lot of responsibilities to handle, and so another official could be deputed for the installation of streetlights to lessen his burden.
“The inference that I draw from this discussion is that the MCG is dependent on the private agency to install streetlights. If that agency does not install streetlights, the city won’t have streetlights,” said Sanjay Pradhan, councillor of ward number 14. “We have been chasing this issue for over four years now. It is a matter of shame that the corporation, which has an annual budget of Rs 2,500 crore, can’t give 200 streetlights in each ward.”
Ahuja attributed the delay to lack of coordination between the agencies, communication gap and some irregularity. “I would recommend that additional commissioner-1 take the list of areas where streetlights should be installed from the councillors of wards falling under zone1 and 2 and additional commissioner-4 should seek the same data from the councillors of zone-3 and zone-4. Then the streetlights should be procured through the GeM portal within 15 days.”
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