Neten Dorji | Kanglung

Residents of Kanglung in Trashigang no longer have to worry while moving out of their house after 6 pm.

The gewog has allocated Nu 2 million to install solar street lamps at various roadside sections of the kanglung town, mainly focusing on places that are prone to accidents and are unsafe for pedestrians and motorists.

In the absence of street lamps, residents have been facing inconveniences, making it difficult for people to commute at night.

Residents said that they are facing a lot of hardships because of the non-availability of streetlights after 6 p.m.

“Without streetlights along the road and inner part of the town, it is unsafe, especially for children and women,” said a resident, Tshering Lhamo.

She said that since there are no streetlights, most motorists are using headlights in high beams, posing risk for commuters as well.

Another resident, Chador, said that installation of streetlights from Jampeling Central School junction till upper market is a must.

“It has been more than seven years since we heard of the installation of streetlights. I do not know what has happened,” he said.

One of the College students said that due to darkness dogs attack people.

A driver said that trucks, cars, and other heavy vehicles are carelessly parked along the road. “Stray horses and cattle on the road further add to the problem. But the authorities concerned are making no efforts to change the situation.”

Kanglung Gup Kinzang Dorji said that some portion of the place is unsafe for women and girls.

“We have plans to install solar streetlights in certain places starting from gewog centre till Namla. For the safety of all we also have plans to install closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) wherever it is necessary,” said the gup.