Non-functional street lights in Zirakpur invitation to crime

Non-functional street lights in Zirakpur invitation to crime

A defunct high-mast street light at the busy Singhpura Chowk in Zirakpur on Friday. Photo: RAVI KUMAR

Tribune News Service
Zirakpur, November 20

Street lights are lying defunct in several parts of the town. Residents complain that it is one of reason behind increasing crime in the area. Snatchings and thefts are on the rise as anti-social elements find safe haven in the absence of well-lit areas.

The Municipal Council park in Baltana is one such area, which has been dimly lit for the past sometime. Locals say it has become difficult for children, women and elderly to come out after 8 pm on the road as there is a constant threat form miscreants and anti-social elements in the area. The MC park itself is an example with no street light functioning.

“This area is known for snatchings, thefts and other crime. There is not a single day when a crime incident is not reported from here. Late night fights, people drinking at public places and the stray cattle menace pose a threat to the lives of residents. The authorities are making no efforts to change the situation,” said Kishan Pathania, a Baltana resident.

Two weeks ago, a truck driver was brutally stabbed and injured by three men near the Zirakpur flyover.

Nagla residents and several RWAs have been repeatedly complaining about non-functional street lights near Singhpura Chowk.

The area around Zirakpur bus stop on the national highway is a potential risk point for passengers waiting to board buses.

Somewhat similar is the situation on the Gazipur road where a long stretch near a private school has non-functional lights.

“Working women and elderly face a lot of problems when street lights are not working. The road here is uneven and damaged at places, which makes commuting and walking risky for residents. The biggest problem is that the road is narrow and there is no space left for pedestrians,” said Opender Singh, a Gazipur resident.

“Incidents of snatching and thefts are reported from Zirakpur main market every day. You can think of common man’s plight in the dark,” said Meenakshi Mathur, a Savitri Greens housing society resident on the VIP road.

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