By BizLED Bureau
Nov 23, 2015: Almost all the cities across India are replacing the existing traditional streetlights with LED streetlight but civic bodies in Jammu are yet to adopt the latest technology. Using LEDs could result in saving huge amount of energy every year in this power-starved state where long-duration power cuts are a norm.
Most of the street and high-mast lights installed across the city use conventional bulbs which consume more electricity and have become a burden on civic bodies. If all the lights are replaced with LEDs, it will save around 50% energy. As per the available data, there are 45,565 streetlights installed in capital cities ? 15,683 in Srinagar and 29,882 in Jammu ? by respective Municipal Corporations. Most of them were installed after 2005, when the last municipal elections were held in J&K after the gap of 23 years.
Officials said despite displeasure shown by the Power Development Department (PDD), which has alleged that most of the lights were installed by corporations and former MLAs without following rules and as they failed to sign an agreement with the department, millions of rupees remain unrecovered.
In the past few years, under various civic projects, millions of rupees were spent on the installation of lights in Gandhi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Roop Nagar, Paloura, Channi, Parade, Kachi Chawni, Janipur, Bari-Brahman and several town of the Jammu region.