The city Corporation, along with the Kerala State Electricity Board, will replace all faulty streetlights under the six electrical sections of Beach, Poonthura, Sreevarahom, Manacaud and Thiruvallam ahead of the ‘Karkidaka Vavu’ that falls on August 6. An estimated 17,000 lamps in these sections are now defunct.

The decision was taken during a meeting convened by the Works standing committee of the Corporation. Works committee chairman V.S. Padmakumar said that efforts were on to rope in a government-accredited agency, Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Ltd., in the maintenance of high-mast lights. The two at Shanghumughom Beach will be accorded top priority, since it is one of the prime locations where ‘bali’ rituals will be held early in the morning. Thousands of devotees will pay homage to their ancestors by offering ‘bali’ on ‘Karkidaka Vavu.’