KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) project of installation of new streetlights and repairing faulty ones was officially completed in August 2015 but unfortunately streetlights are seen missing from many main roads and roundabouts in the metropolis, resulting in rise in street crime in evening hours due to darkness.
On the special directives of Sindh government, the KMC’s Electrical Department had started work on installation of streetlights on all main roads and roundabouts in the month of June 2015.
The projected was declared as ‘completed’ in August but in reality some main roads still lack proper lighting in the city including New Preedy Street, University Road, Shahra-e-Noor Jahan, Kamran Chowrangi and Mosimiat Chowrangi.
The street crime especially on these dark roads and roundabouts has increased as culprits easily flee after robbing people taking benefit of darkness. These streets are also dangerous for pedestrians for crossing them during evening hours.
People said the crime incidents have increased particularly on New Preedy Street near Mazar-e-Quaid in the jurisdiction of Brigade Police Station. These crimes include mobile phone snatching, vehicles lifting, and mugging from innocent passersby because of darkness and lack of police patrolling.
A lawyer Abdul Ghaffar Tunio said there is dire need to install lighting along the New Preedy as he was robbed many times while passing through this street on bike. He said now he has changed his route to go his home at night time as it became very dangerous to use New Preedy Street during night due improper lighting system.
A goldsmith, Sheeraz Ahmed Thalho said he was robbed on the Kamran Chowrangi when he was carrying golden ornaments to his shop at Gulistan-e-Johar Gold Market as the road lacks proper streetlight system.
Showing the streetlight installation project complete on paper is not a new strategy of corrupt bureaucracy in Pakistan, but many other projects also are left unfinished after embezzlement of their funds.
The Sindh government wants to make Karachi the city of lights once again through installing streetlights across the city but its corrupt officials do not want that the public money is spent for the public welfare, as they think the best place for the government funds is their own pockets.