According to reports, at a time when the state is staring at a power deficit of over 3,000MW, the civic body is doing its bit to reduce consumption. The Corporation of Chennai has decided to replace all the street tubelights in the corporation’s extended areas with energy-saving solar and Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.
This move is expected to reduce the total power consumption of streetlights by 25%. The corporation maintains 2.21 lakh streetlights in 200 wards, which consume around 19MW. The corporation pays 2 crore to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) every month.
Sources in the corporation said financial approval for the plan would be sought in the coming budget session. “Tenders have been finalized. Around 1,761 streetlights in the city will be replaced within two months with 745 solar and 1,016 LED lamps,” an official said. Presently, only 60 streetlights use solar energy.
Around 50 crore has been allotted for the improvement of streetlights in the extended areas under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission. Of the 88,488 streetlights in the extended areas, including Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, 56,162 are tubelights.
“Many streetlights in the suburban areas are tubelights and the power consumption remains high. So, we have decided to replace the tubelights in the extended areas with energy-saving LED and solar lamps,” said a senior corporation official.