By BizLED Bureau
August 10, 2015: Bombay High Court has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to replace white LED lights at Marine Drive with yellow LED lights, so that the old glory of the place is brought back.
Mumbai is getting LED lights under a Rs 2500 million plan to switch all street lighting in the city to the energy-efficient lamps. The corporation claimed it would save over Rs 800 million in electricity bills.
In January 2015, BMC had replaced sodium vapour lamps at Marine Drive, with LED lights to save electricity costs. While hearing a review petition filed by Energy Efficiency Limited (EEL), which is implementing a central government LED lighting scheme on ensuring power conservation within the country, the court argued that as per a survey white LED lamps are more power-efficient and better from the point of view of safety and security.
The court noted, “Don’t make it a prestige issue, the glory of old days of the city can be realised only by putting yellow lights. You can put white lights in other places, but (in) this stretch (Nariman Point to Walkeshwar) you should put yellow lights.” The court had, on July 2, while disposing of a PIL on traffic management in the city, said “In our view, the Queen’s Necklace was the pride of Mumbai, attracting a large number of tourist and Mumbaikars in the evenings. It was the sodium vapour lights which gave the golden glow to Marine Drive… An exception is, therefore, required to be made for street lights by restoring the soduim vapour lights to bring the glory of Marine Drive and Queen’s Necklace back to the city.”