RANCHI: The festival of lights will be brighter this year in the city. The Ranchi Municipal Corporation has plans to install 1,250 extra lights in areas where there's little illumination. Over 600 lights have already been installed in the HEC area and in around 13 wards.
RMC has asked Bright Neon Agency (BNA), the agency responsible for the maintenance of street lights in the state capital, to ensure the remaining 650 lights are installed before Diwali. "We hope to have lights in every street. It should be a brighter Diwali this year," said Nagendra Dubey, electricity-in-charge, RMC.
The civic body is also stressing on better maintenance of existing street lights. BNA has been asked to repair lights which are not working. "The agency has been asked to maintain night surveillance to check the condition of lights. The time frame to rectify the defunct lights is 24 hours," said an official.
The RMC deputy chief executive officer, Gopalji Tiwari, said municipality officials are also monitoring the maintenance system for optimum results.
Sanjeev Vijayvergiya, councillor of Ward No 10, said, "Our long pending demand has been fulfilled."
Lights have been installed in Ward Nos 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 29, 32, 33 and 37. "The lights will also discourage crimes like eve-teasing," said another councillor, Arvind Singh Deowal.
"There are around 17,000 electric poles in the municipal area and of this around 20 per cent are invariably defunct," said a source. A supervisor with BNA said, "At night we check out the streetlights and in the daytime we rectify them."
BNA has strength of 31 field staff led by supervisors. Almost everyday their vehicle can be seen moving into Main Road, Bariyatu, Kanke, Harmu bypass and Ratu Road to check the condition of streetlights.
The Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) is also gearing up to make sure that power crisis does not play spoilsport during the festival.