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Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation revives LED, solar lighting proposal

According to reports, in spite of not being able to resolve the tangle over the termination of contract for its energy saving plan for streetlights, GVMC is now toying with the idea of turning to LED lighting or solar lighting.

For nearly one-and-a-half years now the company that has been given the contract in public private partnership on an energy saving basis has not come forward to implement it.

The corporation awarded the contract on the condition that the contractor will get 95 per cent of the energy bill he saves.

Though the idea of introducing LED lighting was considered at that time it was dropped in view of the high capital cost involved.

However, the Hyderabad-based company has not taken up the maintenance of the work demanding that the infrastructure be updated and lights fixed etc and everything be handed over in ‘a fit condition’ to take over the maintenance on energy saving basis.

This was rejected by the civic body. However, the process of terminating the contract has not yet been completed though the final notice is given.

Sources in GVMC said the agency has not been able to raise the resources required to take up the maintenance.

Now GVMC has decided to call for tenders for LED lighting and solar lighting.

With GVMC paying around Rs.9 crore for energy bills towards street-lighting and another Rs.8 crore on maintenance, it is decided that tenders will be called for both LED and solar modes as they will result in energy saving.

The key this time is going to be tenure of the contract, it is reliably learnt.

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