May 13, 2016: As a part of their energy conservation scheme, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) is all set to replace two lakh traditional streetlights with LED bulbs. This project will cost `336 crore, but will cut its electricity bill by more than 50%.
According to their plan, the NDMC will be replacing all the current semi-high-mast lights, high-mast lights, traditional streetlights installed in parks with energy-efficient LED streetlights.
P K Gupta, the NDMC commissioner said that the replacement of traditional bulbs with the LEDs will reduce the overall electricity used and also aid in saving money. The replacement will begin soon. The civic body will float tenders to call upon bids from concerned parties for the work soon.
North Delhi streets to light up with 2 lakh LEDs
The one who wins the bid has to complete the entire work of replacing the traditional lights with LED streetlights, high-mast lights, semi-high-mast lights and park lights by six months. A monitoring system and a centralized control will also be introduced for the maintenance of the new lights, Gupta added.
The civic body, which at present is paying about 54 crore since electricity cost yearly for such lights, is expected to save about 60% of this sum.
A senior NDMC officer said that usually, replacing traditional sodium vapour light with LEDs saves about 70% of the electricity bills. But, by a conservative approximation, the NDMC expected to save about 30 crore on an annual basis, which might ascend in all possibility.
The civic body is also likely to earn carbon credits with this scheme because it will decrease its carbon emissions.
Gupta said that by replacing all the traditional lights, the NDMC hopes that entire replacement of traditional streetlights with the LED lights will go far in improving the image and overall of the corporation.