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To save power, money, NMC switches to LED lamps

According to reports, in a move aimed at illuminating city roads and streets after sundown in an eco-friendly manner, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is set to replace sodium vapour-based street lights with light emitting diode (LED) lamps. The process to set up LED lamps started, along with the replacement of old and defunct lamppost and cables, with the standing committee’s nod on Monday.

In its meeting on Monday, the standing committee passed a proposal to invite expression of interest for two works aimed at strengthening the entire street light system of the city. According to the proposal, while LED lamps are brighter as compared to sodium vapour ones, they also consume less power.

Chairman Avinash Thakre informed reporters about the concept in which a private agency will be hired to set up LED lamps. “There are around 26,000 sodium vapour street lights on roads, streets and at grounds, gardens and other public places, which require more electricity. To replace these lamps with LED ones, NMC will require Rs78.02 crore. A study conducted by the civic body found that LED lamps will help us save Rs6.89 crore per annum. Therefore, a proposal has been prepared to rope in an agency on built, operate and transfer basis that will install the entire system on its own and earn revenue by conserving power,” he said.

Thakre added that replacing of old and defunct street light poles and cables is necessary as around 12% of them are lying defunct. “This will cost around Rs40.23 crore. The same agency will be given the contract to replace the poles and cables. The agency will also have to ensure operation and maintenance till its contract exists,” he said.

Thakre said the proposal was prepared a few years ago and a work order was also issued but the plan couldn’t materialize. “We are expecting the project takes off this time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the standing committee also passed a proposal to mark pedestrian crossing at 23 squares on VIP Road, advertisement charges on signboard of commercial establishment, Internet centres in all 72 wards and development of gardens on abandoned spaces.

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