According to reports, BEST plans to soon replace all streetlights in Mumbai with LED lamps: a move that is expected to save 40% electricity in the city.
BEST general manager Om Prakash Gupta said, “We have begun the pilot project on LED lights in a few wards which may be replicated across the city soon. The lights will be brighter and will help during late night travel.” and the same will be replicated across the city very soon.”
He added that said that presently, the BEST officials were checking the stability of the these LED lights, especially in case of heavy rain. and inclement weather.
A BEST spokesperson said Mumbai has a total 32,685 light poles and a total 39,300 bulbs.
Said Gupta, “The LED will also be brighter lights and it will help citizens during late night travel.” There have been several complaints from island city about crimes such as chain snatching and car music system thefts on dimly lit roads.
A Mahim activist, Irfan Machiwala, said “There is a dimly lit lane off L J Road in Mahim and we have been complaining to the BEST in the past about increasing crimes in the area. The street lights are not proper and should be replaced.”
“We have also replaced some of the bulbs at the depots with LED lights,” said a senior official.
Gupta added that as part of BEST Day celebrations on August 7, its power consumers electricity users will be introduced to a facility under which they can pay their bills using their mobile phones. One such sub-station has already been set up as a pilot project at Morarjee Mills and there are plans to have two more of 33kV.
“We also plan to shortly set up two new power substations which will occupy limited space but will cater to a larger number of consumers,” he said.BEST will also introduce more automated meter readers, enabled to check meter readings from a distance.