CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Corporation has ordered a probe into the LED street light project undertaken using KfW funding facilitated by the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited. A meeting was held with officials concerned and corporation commissioner G Prakash has sought a report.
TOI reported that in Ambattur more than 500 street lights were set up on land without proper roads. As per rules, street lights should be set up on approved layouts and where roads have been laid by the corporation. Similar violations were noted in Manali, Thiruvottiyur, Madhavarm and Alandur. TOI visited Muthamizh Nagar, Mookambikai Nagar, Gnanamurthy Nagar and areas adjacent to the Korattur lake in Ambattur zone where eviction took place. Most of these plots belong to PWD, municipality, panchayats and are designated poromboke land, unapproved layouts as per revenue documents. Corporation set up 17,300 street lights for ?80cr under the KfW5 scheme.
Superintendent engineer (electrical department) R Vijayalakshmi said their inspection found some street lights on unapproved layouts. “However, we didn’t find any street lights outside the corporation limit. We are still working on the report. We will submit it to the commissioner on Thursday,” she said.