Reduce height of streetlights, police tell civic agencies

The Delhi Police Commissioner has written to civic agencies instructing them to lower the height of streetlights so as to minimise incidents of crimes against women in vulnerable areas.

"Places with improper lighting are vulnerable spots. We have written to civic agencies requesting them to lower the streetlights so that the roads are properly lit," Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said.

He said areas with lush green cover were in darkness as the lights were too high. The police chief said though police patrolled all stretches, there were some loopholes which need to be addressed.

A survey by the Delhi Police over the past one year has revealed that there are 700 vulnerable spots in the city with poor lighting.

Nearly 330 bus stops have been added to the list of vulnerable spots and PCR van patrolling in these areas has been intensified.

A senior police officer said, "Several agencies are in charge of streelights in Delhi, including the Public Works Department (PWD) , the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). The PWD has about five lakh lights to maintain, while the NDMC has about two lakh. Sometimes, areas which are under construction especially where Metro construction is taking place lighting gets affected due to the digging work," a senior police officer said.

PCR vans have been deployed in all such vulnerable spots to prevent incidents of crimes against women and other crimes like snatching and robbery, etc.

Police said the PCR gives a daily input to civic agencies intimating them of a non-operational streetlights.

In border areas, which are administered by different state governments, including UP and Haryana, there exists a jurisdictional problem when it comes to maintaining streetlights. As such, PCR van patrolling has been stepped up in these areas.

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