Street lights in one third of Nandigram municipality, Bogra have become a public menace as they are found to be hanging from trees and bamboo poles.
The authorities have a total of 1,200 street lights for the entire municipality. Among those lights, the ones that were set up of late were actually provisioned without the light posts.
The town had to be expanded and the streets had to be lit. And the authorities considered the tall eucalyptus and silk trees on the roadside as the alternatives.
In cases where there was no suitable support, they arranged for bamboos as lamp posts.
During a visit to the municipality recently, this Dhaka Tribune correspondent chanced to come across such an arrangement in Belgharia Road, Majhgram, Bus Stand and College Para areas.
Residents have been irked by what they see as nonsensical management of the street lights.
Shahidul Islam, a college student, said it is always a risky business to pass under the trees and bamboo poles that have live electric wires tied to their branches. “The wires can be snapped and fall on any one in storms and rains.”
Officials at the municipality informed the Dhaka Tribune that they have about 300 street lights across the town that have been set up without any light posts.
Requesting not to be named, an officer of the Power Division noted that live trees have high electrical conductivity, and that setting up electric lines with live trees is against the Electricity Act and the guidelines of the Power Development Board.
The municipality's Assistant Engineer Harun-Ur-Rashid admitted that they had attached some street lights and electric lines with trees.
He said the municipality planned to remove the risky electric lines ‘very soon’.