MCD begins installation of 12,500 street lights in 40 wards
The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has begun the work of installing street lights in 40 wards of the city’s 100 wards. Before the lockdown, the corporation had begun the installation of street lights with about 8,000 street lights being installed in several wards. While talking to The Pioneer, the Dehradun municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said that the work of installing 12,500 street lights has commenced in 40 wards. He informed that the work is in progress in both new and old wards as per the requirement of the area. He also added that the street lights will be installed in about a month.
In March, the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) had reportedly claimed that MCD had neither got the approval of power corporation for the installation of street lights nor the electricity connection due to which MCD did not pay any electricity bill. In response to this, Pandey had said that MCD had asked UPCL to assess the bill for the installed street lights for full payment of the amount. Also, as stated by Pandey, MCD does not require the approval of UPCL to erect an electricity pole to install the street lights on its own land. However, this time the matter has been sorted out between MCD and UPCL, according to Pandey. He said that power corporation had an issue with no metering of the electricity supply for the street lights which is sorted now. The corporation was also reportedly planning to impose a tax on the transformers of UPCL erected on the land of MCD before the lockdown. Responding to this, Pandey said that for now, no such step will be taken by MCD considering the current critical circumstances in the city during the ongoing lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Saturday, 16 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun