September 8, 2014: Agartala, capital of India?s northeast state Tripura will be the first northeast city to be lit by LED lights. State urban development secretary Ashutosh Jindal said Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), an undertaking of the Ministry of Power, will replace the existing conventional illuminating system of Agartala with energy efficient LED lights.
LED streetlights in Agartala
Agartala will be the second city in eastern India after Kolkata where LED street lighting is being installed. So far, Hyderabad and Vijayawada have LED street lighting systems.
This project will not only reduce energy bills of the citizens in Agartala, it will also provide better lighting on streets. EESL will undertake the project without any capital investment from the state government.
Soon the MoU will be signed between EESL and Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC). EESL will first replace the illuminating system on VIP Road from Raj Bhawan to Agartala airport. EESL will bear all capital investment and AMC will refund the money in seven years out of the savings from the electricity bills.
In southern India, Hyderabad City and Vijayawada city also have replaced the traditional lamps with the LED street lighting.
India?s LED street lighting, estimated to be about $55 million in 2011, is projected to grow at more than 47% annually, according to a study by Frost & Sullivan. The entire LED lighting market is expected to grow to $478.62 million by 2015.