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Upkeep Of City’s Streetlights To Remain With Mcg, Not Gmda | Gurgaon News – Times of India

GURGAON: MCG will continue to maintain and operate the streetlights across the the city. This decision came after a proposal was given for transferring the maintenance of streetlights in the key arterial roads from MCG to GMDA.
The matter was discussed at a meeting chaired by MCG commissioner and GMDA CEO PC Meena with other officials where it was decided that MCG should continue to maintain streetlights of the entire city.
The proposal was to transfer around 7,000 streetlights to GMDA for their operation and maintenance. “MCG has sufficient staff for maintaining the streetlights and we have told them that if they want GMDA’s guidance, we can provide them. Since MCG has been doing the maintenance and operations of streetlights, they have the better technical know-how of the system, so they will continue to do it,” said GMDA superintending engineer Arun Dhankar.
Since the contract between the MCG’s concessionaire for streetlights and the civic body has terminated, the civic body has prepared the estimates for the operations and maintenance of streetlights in each zone. The officials said that the tenders will be floated soon.
“For the streetlights in MCG zones, we have sent the estimates for the administrative approval and after that the tenders will be floated. The estimated cost for the operation and maintenance in each zone will be Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2.5 crore,” said a senior MCG official privy to the matter.
The concessionaire of streetlights had said that MCG’s outstanding payment was Rs 21 crore and there was an additional late fee of Rs 10 crore as on July 31. MCG officials however had said that it was decided in a recent meeting that a payment of Rs 10 crore would be released and that there was no more pending payment from their side.
Residents said streetlights should function irrespective of the agencies handling their management. “If a streetlight is damaged, it should be fixed immediately without fail,” said Shrey Sharma, a resident of Sector 46.

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