Only 339 streetlights work in Udyog Vihar, reveals RTI

In an RTI reply, the HSIIDC has revealed that Udyog Vihar has only 339 functional streetlights. An area spread over 681 acres, housing 1200 industries and thousands of employees has just 12 high mast lights and 327 streetlight poles. "We have raised this issue with the HSIIDC several times. They keep saying that they will look into the matter but nothing has been done so far," said Raj Singhla, president of Chamber of Industries of Udyog Vihar. Industrialists complain that poorly illuminated streets lead to security issues for women, especially those who do not get a company cab. Singhla said, "There are a lot of garment units where women from the lower strata work and they don't get cabs. Poor street lighting is a big security threat for them." The only well-lit stretches are Shyam Chowk to Jwala Mill and Shanker Chowk to Old Delhi road. "Most other roads and bylanes get dark after evening hours without a single streetlight on the road," said Singhla. A senior official from HSIIDC refused to comment on the issue. However, the land development agency claimed in an RTI reply that the work will be given to a contractor after inviting tenders to the tune of Rs 34.55 lakh for installing the streetlights but no work has started as of now.

Accident disrupts evening traffic on e-way

An accident near Jharsa Chowk led to huge traffic snarls on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway on Monday. Traffic movement was blocked for over an hour on the stretch between Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk, after a truck overturned near Jharsa Chowk. Police officials said that the situation worsened as traffic volume was relatively high on Monday as compared to other weekdays. "The jam was the result of a truck turning turtle on the e-way near Jharsa Chowk. Traffic from the Rajiv Chowk roundabout was slow because some traffic moved towards the Delhi side from Jharsa side. So, the ripple effect was seen on both sides of the expressway," said a city traffic police official posted on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. After the accident was reported around 4 pm, a crane was rushed to the spot but as the truck, which turned turtle, was fully loaded, the crane also leaned on one side and another crane had to be sent to lift the first one, an eyewitness told TOI. "Commuters had to face a harrowing time on the e-way till the truck was removed to the service lane," said the cop. In fact, only around 5 pm, the truck could be removed from the main carriageway to the service lane. After nearly an hour, the traffic situation turned smooth, the official said.

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