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Defunct street lights irk Srinagarities

Appeal SMC to redress their grievances

Srinagar, Dec 06 (KNS): Though the unscheduled power cuts have already irked the inhabitants of Srinagar, the residents here complained that the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has failed to repair the street lights thereby left them to face tremendous hardships.
The residents accused the authorities for ignoring their plights and demanded immediate redressal of their genuine grievances.
Residents of various areas including Kral Khud, Sheelteng, Saraf Kadal, Aali Kadal, Fateh Kadal and several others said that the authorities have failed to repair the defunct street lights in their area.
Muhammad Sidiq, one of the residents said, “We have been continuously pleading before SMC officials to repair the street lights in their area but unfortunately our plea has fallen into deaf ears.”
He said that despite the unscheduled power cuts in Srinagar areas, they have been left them god’s mercy as with the defunct street lights; they cannot move outside in the evening.
“Maximum of the street lights became defunct soon after installation. Unfortunately, the street lights were not repaired since then,” he said.
The residents of several other mentioned areas also said that the street lights in their areas are lying defunct from past several months. “We approached SMC officials in this regard but nothing has been done in this regard,” they said.
Inhabitants also said that they fear to walk in the evening hours and usually prefer to offer evening prayers at home due to the fear of stray dogs in darkness.
They later appealed higher ups to look into the matter and redress their genuine grievances at earliest.
Meanwhile, a senior official of SMC told KNS that they don’t receive any complaint in this regard.
However, he said that they will look into the matter and the grievances of people will be redressed shortly. (KNS)

Electric Division Ganderbal in vigilance net
“Officers abused their official position”

Srinagar, Dec 06 (KNS): Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) on Tuesday said that it has registered a case under Prevention of Corruption Act on outcome of a verification conducted by Vigilance Organization Kashmir into the allegations that during the years 2006 and 2007 Electric Division Ganderbal procured different electric material from the open market on higher rates than the rates of similar materials which were available in departmental electric store Pampore.
According to the statement issued to KNS, the VOK officials said that during verification conducted by VOK, it was revealed that the then Executive Engineers, Electric Division Ganderbal and others during the year 2006 and 2007 hatched a criminal conspiracy with suppliers and in order to obtain the pecuniary benefit in pursuance to the said conspiracy procured different electric materials from various firms without any tendering process which included PVC Cables, GI Wire, Guy Insulators and Solderless Clamps, thus provided undue pecuniary advantage to these blue eyed suppliers.
“During the verification conducted it has revealed that similar items of different brands/make procured at lower rates were sufficiently available in electrical central Store Division Pampore during the period and these have been found technically fit for such use during the relevant period,” the statement reads.
“However, in order to confer illegal pecuniary advantage upon the beneficiary suppliers and themselves these public servants purchased the electrical items from the open market without floating tenders and in blatant violation of norms and rules,” the statement added.
The VOK officials said that by acting in this manner, the officers/officials Electric Division Ganderbal have abused their official position and have illegally conferred undue pecuniary advantage upon themselves and to the blue eyed beneficiary suppliers thereby causing corresponding loss to the state exchequer.
“Accordingly Case FIR No. 23/2016 under section 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C. Act, Svt. 2006 and 120-B RPC in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir was registered against the Officers/Officials of Electric Division Ganderbal and others to further investigate the matter,” officials said. (KNS)