IN A bid to conserve energy, the Pune Municipal Corporation standing committee on Tuesday approved the appointment of a private agency to replace 70,000 streetlights with LED fittings.
“There are around 1.2 lakh streetlights in the city and PMC has already replaced 50,000 with LED fittings with an approximate cost of Rs 50 crore in phases from 2011. PMC would now change the fittings of the remaining 70,000 streetlights in a year through a private agency,” said Shrikrishna Chaudhary, Superintendent Engineer of PMC.
He said the civic administration carried out the tender process three times due to poor response and only four applied in the process with only one getting through.
“The private agency is empanelled with the Union government as energy saving company. Therefore, it has appointed as per the scheme of the Union government to appoint the agency that would invest capital expenditure on the project and would maintain the project for 12 years,” Chaudhary said. The agency would get considerable revenue saved by installing the LED fittings, he said, adding it would be expected to be Rs 14 crore per year as per the existing power tariff and would be paid by the PMC to the agency.