Residents seek street lights on key road in K.K. Nagar

Residents are irked by the undue delay in providing street lights on one half of the R.K. Shanmugam Salai in K.K. Nagar. At night, people have to walk with a small hand-held torch. Since December 2016, residents have been requesting the Greater Chennai Corporation to install street lights on both sides of the road.

“Generally, when there are no street lights people rely on the lights from shops. But on R.K. Shanmugam Salai, most of the shops are located at the end of the stretch, therefore we have to walk in the dark. Moreover, stray dogs which feed on overflowing garbage bins roam here,” says K. Saravanan, a resident of K.K. Nagar.

Whereas, the other half of the road, especially on the stretch between Rajamannar Salai intersection and a police booth, is well-lit with LED street lights. It is two years since this stretch has got street light facility.

Other safety features such as median and footpath are also in place. Residents say that stretch is treated with importance as a drinking water pumping station of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) that is located. In fact, the stretch (that is between Rajamannar Salai intersection and the police booth) remains blocked to allow tanker lorries to fill at the pumping station.

Residents says the stretch has other facilities such as a wide footpath with granite pillars (to prevent motorists using the footpath), avenue trees, underground drainage system and well-laid carriageway. However, the stretch does not have street lights. Only after repeated requests, GCC installed one LED street light opposite the police booth on the stretch many months ago, say residents. But that street light on the stretch too has been blocked by overgrown trees along the stretch.

Police sources say that chain snatching, cell phone robbery were reported on the portion of the stretch where there are no street lights. GCC officials cite shortage of funds for the delay in installation of street lights on the stretch. “Many a time, we have taken up this issue with our senior officials at the Ripon Buildings. However, we have not got the funds for its installation,” says a GCC official.

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