Three months after councillors of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation raised concerns over non-functional lights and lack of proper placement of existing street lights, a project is underway to illuminate dark spots in the concerned areas.
In July, both the Congress and the BJP had expressed their dissatisfaction over the scheme to replace all conventional halogen streets lights with LED lights. In the months since, the Energy Efficiencies Service Limited (EESL) — a joint venture of central PSUs — was asked to add an additional 100 street lights per ward to the existing number. According to officials, new poles are already being put in place.
The EESL is also working with the civic bodies to replace halogen with LED lights and maintain them for a period of seven years.
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While EESL has converted approximately two lakh halogen lights into LED in the South Delhi area, over 10,000 new street lights are expected to come up at the identified dark spots.
According to officials, poles have been allotted in bulk “without ascertaining the need of every ward specifically”. The councillors, too, do not point to an official survey for the placement of the lights.
Congress Councillor Abhishek Dutt, one of the first to raise concerns about non-functional lights in the city, said, “There was no official survey, but I took the help of the SHO of my area and with the list of dark spots he provided, we have started installing high-mast lights.”
According to SDMC officials, wherever there is a lack of space to erect a new pole, wall mounted brackets will be installed and fitted with LED lights. “We are hoping that a significant portion of the work will be completed by the end of the month,” said an official.
Additionally, high-mast sodium vapour lamps in South Delhi’s public parks will also be replaced by with LED lights, with a view to save money in terms of electricity expenditure for the South civic body.
The corporation expects to save over Rs 48 crore owing to this conversion despite increasing the number of lights.