By BizLED Bureau
Feb 29, 2016: An official spokesman in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) confirmed that 4200 LED lights will be installed in the city. The corporation noticed that 15,000 streetlights in the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir are not working properly and the step was taken in wake of ‘energy conservation’ drive across the country.
The step has been taken to wake of energy conservation program and phase wise conversion to energy efficient LED lighting has already started. Currently, SMC is in charge of around 50,000 streetlights in the city, and 35000 of which are functional.
The Divisional Commissioner of the city has given a 14-day timeline to SMC, to ensure proper working of remaining 15000 streetlights. An order has already been passed as SMC officials said the corporation has already placed an order for 4200 LED lights. The Commissioner has directed the SMC to fast track the entire process as this is the initial step of phase wise conversion of all streetlights to efficient lighting.
The Power Development Department (PDD) will receive the bill from SMC for all streetlights. A ward-wise report will be prepared by the SMC on number of streetlights in Srinagar and later a project report for conversion to LED lights. To ensure reliable electric connection to all streetlights, a separate cable alongwith bunch cabling will be installed under RAPDRP, said PDD officials. Rs 60 million have been allotted to modernize 21 streetlights in Srinagar. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be submitted under AMRUT to centre.
Divisional Commissioner has asked the concerned officials to ensure complete working of all streetlights in Kashmir division and fast tracking the LED replacement process. The illuminated streets are essential for general public particularly for the women and children safety.
Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in the state operates around 4000 streetlights in 40 towns whereas 635 lights operated by Director Tourism around tourist places.