July 22, 2016: With the ongoing LED revolution in India, a number of states have plunged into energy efficiency mode by switching to LED lighting. And now, the Indian state of Chhattisgarh is set to replace traditional conventional CFL streetlights and tube lights with LEDs. The Urban Administration and Development Department (UADD) of the the state government gave administrative support to replace traditional streetlights with LEDs across six cities in Chhattisgarh, which include Raipur, Bhilai, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Korba and Dharmtari.
115,412 LED streetlights
One of the chief spokesperson from UADD said that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to replace the traditional streetlights with LEDs. The industry experts have projected that a total of 115,412 conventional streetlights will soon be replaced with LEDs in the six cities under the Street Light National Program (SLNP). Correspondingly, the six cities like Raipur is set to upgrade 44,899 streetlights, 30,902 lights in Bhilai, 8,828 lights in Rajnandgaon, 16,935 lights in Bilaspur, 9,868 lights in Korba and 3,980 lights in Dhamtar.
6 cities in Chhattisgarh to light up with LED streetlights
The streetlight set up scheme is scheduled to commence from September, 2016. The EESL is the implementing organization, and will replace the old streetlights with LED lightsat its own costs. ESSL will be paid under an ESCO model, where savings from power reduction and maintenance costs will be used to pay it in due course of time.
EESL’s agreements with municipalities will last for a period of seven years, which assures a least power saving, and also offers free replacements and maintenance of lights at no extra costs to cities. Collectively, the six cities are estimated spend $11.87 million, whilst maintenance costs are projected to amount to INR 31.9 million on a yearly basis.