Under the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) over 21 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights across the country. But still there remains a major part in the country where streetlights appear only in news and there are no streetlights on roads. Though the Modi government plans to bring all such areas under the lighting schemes, old myths and lack of knowledge among many politicians is hampering the plan in rural areas.
Shwetank Srivastava who is an MLA of a prominent town in South U.P defended his decision to not install streetlights in his constituency giving the reason that streetlights would in turn pollute his town as people will easily locate open spaces to urinate. This is indeed a noble initiative to discourage open defecation in the country. Shwetank also heaped praise on PM Modi as it was his vision of Swachh Bharat which encouraged him to take the decision to boycott streetlights. The news became prominent yesterday when some officials from the Street Lighting National Programme visited Shwetank’s constituency to inspect the area where streetlights were to be installed. As soon as the news reached Shwetank, he personally visited the site and explained the disadvantages of streetlights to the officials, to which the officials obliged.
Faking News reporter caught with Shwetank who had this to say, ” Look, I am not against streetlights, but we also have to look at health and hygiene, which would be severely impacted due to installation of streetlights. If Swachh Bharat has to become a success, then we have to boycott streetlights. Anyways vehicles plying on our roads have headlights, so what’s the need of streetlights. Its a complete waste of taxpayer’s money. In fact that money should be spend to built toilets for our citizens”