NMC to replace all street-lights with LED ones by December

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jun 2018 10:06:36


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Apart from illuminating dark spots across city, the project is likely to save Rs 352 cr for the civic body in next eight years

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started working on a mega plan to replace all 1.38 lakh traditional street-lights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights by December 2018. With this, Electric Department of the civic body expects to save Rs 352 crore on electricity bills. Also, LED lights are said to sort out the problems of dark spots in the city and vehicular traffic will get good illumination on city roads.

Presently, the city has maximum dark spots at prominent squares. Around 100 squares are in the dark during evenings hours causing inconvenience to those riding two-wheelers, and driving four-wheelers, and also to pedestrians. These dark spots are converted into accident prone spots and there is a demand from citizens to improve illumination of the squares.

Till now, the local body has changed 35,000 street-lights with LED lights in the city while remaining lights will be replaced in next seven months. NMC is changing damaged cables and poles also to strengthen the infrastructure. Electric Department has suggested to install LED lights of 150 volts each to stop electricity theft by slum-dwellers and others. The department will replace lights with those of 37 watt, 56 watt, 105 to 120 watt, and 170 watt capacity LED bulbs. All the bulbs are of dimmable categories. The giant in electric sector Philips Lighting is designing special bulbs for the city.

Informing this development to ‘The Hitavada’, a senior officer of NMC said, the civic body will save around 70 per cent on electricity consumption. The total savings in next eight years will be around Rs 352 crore and the payment to be given to the contractors will be Rs 270 crore in next seven years on deferred payment basis. NMC also will save Rs 82 crore from the difference between the savings and the payment made to contractors.

Electric Department may also save Rs 76 crore on materials and manpower in these years. The local body will save total Rs 158 crore from this project, as per the present plan.
Presently, Electric Department pays around Rs 43 crore every year to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for power supply to street-lights. The civic body has sought a soft loan of Rs 59 crore from nationalised banks for the project. State Government has given permission to obtain loan for this mega work. In addition to NMC, other municipal corporations like Pune, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, and Brihanmumbai also are implementing LED lights project in respective areas.

A senior officer claimed that NMC is way ahead of others and its concept is much better than that of other municipal corporations. Pune will complete the work in 13 years while Bhubaneswar in 11 years, Vishakhapattnam in eight years, and Mumbai in 11 years. Bhubaneswar will save 80 per cent on electricity while Pune will save 60 per cent, and Mumbai 82 per cent. Nagpur will save 70 per cent on electricity in years to come. NMC will pay Rs 270 crore to contractors out of total cost of Rs 352 crore while Pune will pay Rs 669 crore out of total saving of Rs 679 crore. The saving of Pune will be only Rs 10 crore, that of Bhubaneswar Rs 68 crore, and Mumbai Rs 68 crore. Nagpur will save Rs 82 crore, which will be higher than that by others.

LED lights will have self-controlling system in Nagpur while other municipal corporations do not have such technology. NMC contract includes replacement of damaged cables and poles while others have not included this feature in their work, said an officer. Other municipal corporations are using dimmable lights but their wattage is comparatively lower than that of bulbs to be used by NMC, he added.