The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to spend Rs11 crore for installing over 3,200 street lights in the developing areas — Adgaon, Mhasrul, Makhmalabad, Pathardi, among others — on the outskirts of the city.
Municipal commissioner Chandrakant Pulkundwar has proposed the installation of the streetlights from the financial provisions made in the civic budget for the financial year 2023-24.
“Considering the growth of the new residential areas, the civic body is focusing on developing infrastructure like roads and streetlights,” Pulkundwar said.
An NMC official, while talking to TOI, said all the proposed streetlights will come up in the developing areas during the next financial year. “Currently, the city has around 90,000 streetlights across the six divisions. Earlier, we got complaints that around 40% of the existing streetlights are non-functional in the Ambad and Satpur industrial estates of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC),” the official said.
“We carried out a survey of the streetlights in both the industrial areas and repaired all the non-functional streetlights. Now, almost all the streetlights in both the industrial areas are working fine,” the official added.
Around 80% of the total residential projects coming up in the city are on the outskirts. “Hence, we are now planning to develop infrastructure like roads, water supply and sewer lines in these areas. Some new infrastructure projects are also being undertaken under the second phase of the Amrut scheme of the central government,” the official said. “Our objective is to provide all the basic infrastructure in the new residential areas on the outskirts of the city,” the official added.