Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Street lights on the service road of the Bypass between Bicholi Hapsi and Tejaji Nagar, nearly a five-kilometre stretch, are not functioning making it difficult for commuters, especially for those who live in the colonies along the Bypass.
“As I drive my vehicle it becomes impossible to identify the path clearly and it is really troublesome for me to drive,” said Shiv Charan, resident of Shikharji Colony.
He is among the numerous people who are fed up with the non-functioning lights. The managing committees of residential societies have complained to the IMC on several occasions, but the IMC has done nothing about it.
Hiralal Joshi, Association head, Silver Springs Phase 2, said, “We have already registered complaints regarding the street lights on the service road which are not working for a week. This has become a recurring problem in the last few months.”
One of the residents of MountBurg society informed Free Press that heavy vehicles like trucks and dumpers are parked near the entrance of the society, but as there is no street light there is always the danger of colliding with them.
“We have to drive in the darkness to reach our society. With speeding vehicles with blinding headlights coming from the opposite direction all the time, there is danger of hitting a parked vehicle," said Dipti Manjhi, resident of Silver Springs Phase 1.
Loaded trucks parked become invisible
“It is really a difficult task while driving on the service route. I have to travel through the Bypass where the heavy vehicles run at high speed. Most of the time the trucks and containers are parked on the service road which is not visible even from a little distance.”
Manoj Bhatte, regular commuter
The only light available is the headlight.
“The headlights of the vehicles that run on Bypass are the only source of light on the service road. When I come across any society, the street lights installed by them near their gates help us a lot.”
Shiv Charan, Resident of society on bypass.
Cannot stay out late
“My parents don’t allow me to stay late in the city and ask me to reach home before sunset, and the only reason they do so is because there is no proper street light in the area. Some days the street lights do work but that is a rare occasion. Even I personally do not feel safe as the path connecting my society to the city becomes dark after sunset.”
Saumya Bhatte, residing in society at bypass.