Secunderabad: Two street poles near Vanitha Enclave in Trimulgherry have been damaged for the past year. After having been in darkness for a year, the citizens have lodged multiple complaints, and yet no action has been taken. More than 20 families staying in Plot No. 14, 15, and 16 are affected due to these non-functional street lights.

Rajat Panda, a citizen from the locality, has been complaining to the Cantonment Board officers for the past six months. He says that due to no street lights, it has created havoc in the night. Due to which he had to file a police complaint once. “At around 9 pm, people kill pigs in the open, in front of their plots. The sounds of the dying pigs often traumatise the kids,” Rajat said. He had tweeted about it, and police officials got in touch with him to solve the issue.

B Jayaprakash, another resident, says, “It is difficult to drive in the night and roads are also not in good condition. During the rainy season, no street lights combined with bad roads make driving in the lane quite a difficult process.”

There are two buildings, one-independent house and four small chawls in the lane. Risa Panda, a class IX student, told NewsMeter that apart from a low light from a shop at the entrance of the path, the entirety of the road is in darkness.”

The streetlight poles were damaged during last year’s monsoon as a tree branch fell on it breaking the wires. Since then no action has been taken, Rajat Panda noted in a complaint sent to Sravan Kumar, Assistant Engineer (E&M) of Secunderabad Cantonment Board.

Kumar, while speaking to NewsMeter, said, “Electricity department has laid the poles, and the plots which have no street lights will be checked, and streetlights will be reinstated.” He added that he will look into the particular complaint and will do the needful.

Twitter and streetlights

Non-functional streetlights have been an issue in many places. Like Rajat Panda, a lot of other people have also taken to Twitter to solve their problems.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on their part has taken steps to resolve such issues.

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Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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