Residents said that the authorities have been lethargic despite lodging several complaints at the local Tangedco office. “I had registered a complaint at the office in Pammal. I informed them how public money is being wasted every day. But we haven’t seen any action yet,” K Murali, a resident of Gowthaman Street said.
Meanwhile, residents of Balaji Nagar near Pammal, too, complained that the street lights in the area are burning for more than 14 hours. “After several complaints, the timing was regularised for a while. But the issue has cropped up again. We see burning lights throughout the day,” K Sriram, a resident of Balaji Nagar 12th Street, said.
“We have made several complaints. But no officials of the board came forward to solve the issue or there was no action against anyone responsible. This is not just wastage of tax money. Wastage of electricity is a serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately,” he added.
A senior official from the Tangedco office in Pammal said that the street lights are supposed to be switched on by 5 pm every day. “However, in the winter season, the lights will be on by about 4.30 pm.
The lights should be switched off between 6.30 am and 7 am depending on the sunlight,” he said. According to him, actions were taken against those who were responsible to switch off the lights. “An employee was suspended after he allegedly tampered with the electric meter installed at a house a few months ago,” he added.
The official pointed out that he would look into the matter immediately and assured that the street lights would be monitored properly in the future.
According to the residents teh staff who works second shift switches on the street light prior to the scheduled timing so that he can end shift early and go home.
According to the statistics given by Tangedco officials, there are about 250 street lights installed in and around Balaji Nagar. The residents are planning to send a letter to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board head office on Anna Salai hoping for a solution to the problem.
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