KOCHI: The Aluva residents are groping in the dark due to faulty street lights in most parts of the town while pothole-filled roads threaten their safety.
According to independent councillor Seby V. Bastin, the streets lights at Aluva round, bank road, railway station road, Karothukuzhy junction and private bus stand are not functioning. “Most of the bylanes within Aluva municipality too are without street lights and the pleas of the people have fallen on deaf ears. Municipal chairperson Lissy Abraham has taken no measure to solve it,” he said.
Another councillor A.C. Santhosh Kumar said the Congress dispensation had failed to procure electric fittings to replace the faulty bulbs and others. “In emergency situations, the chairperson can procure them without calling tenders with the consent of the council but unfortunately it has not happened,” said Santhosh Kumar.
Mr Seby said the civic body had failed to revive the waste water treatment plant that sank in the last floods. “The council had undertaken the renovation and modernisation of the plant a few years ago but the 2018 floods damaged it heavily. No authority has cared to take the work forward,” said Seby.
When contacted, Ms Abraham told DC that the municipality had set up 45 LEDs in each ward of the municipality as part of modernisation. “We undertake periodic repairs and replacement but some of them conk out in the rain and hence there are problems in some areas,” the chairperson said....