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After several councillors in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation raised concerns over the poor functioning of LED streetlights in the area, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) — the company executing the project — stated that over 1.98 lakh streetlights have been installed and the project will be completed within two months.
The councillors had alleged that owing to “faulty lights”, several stretches of south Delhi were plunged in darkness. EESL clarified that in the last month, the company had received 14,000 complaints of which they claim to have addressed 9,000.
EESL is replacing nearly 2 lakh sodium vapour streetlights in south Delhi with LED lights in an effort to save energy and electricity expenses for SDMC.
SDMC commissioner Puneet Goel said, “The replacement of streetlights with LEDs has received positive feedback from the residents. The streets have become brighter and residents feel secure. The lights have decreased the number of dark spots.”
The project is being funded by EESL at no cost to SDMC. An investment of Rs 172 crore has been made by EESL and the “guaranteed reduction” in energy consumption is 53 per cent.