May 2, 2016: According to Kunal Kumar, the municipal commissioner of Pune, the city is set to light up with 70,000 light emitting diodes (LEDs) replacing the power-guzzling streetlights by December 2016. Kumar also said that this initiative is a major part of Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) smart street lighting scheme. PMC is looking forward to replace all streetlights in the city by end of 2016, he added.
This municipal body has about 1 lakh streetlight poles all over Pune. Out of these, almost 30,000 High Pressure Sodium Vapour lamps have already been substituted in the preceding four years.
Pune streets to light up with 70,000 LED bulbs
According to the scheme proposal, the lighting will be controlled as per the number of people and vehicles on the road. Also, censors will be set up to streetlight poles in order to control them. The light is to be kept at a lower intensity during the morning hours since the roads are used less when compared to evenings and nights. All these will be controlled from a particular control room, the officials informed.
Under the scheme, PMC is looking forward to save about Rs 1 crore on an annual basis since the usage of LED will reduce electricity bill by almost 40%. Further, an official informed that for every Rs 100, the PMC is likely to make a saving of Rs 40, of which Rs 20 the operator would take.
The general body and standing committee is yet to give their final verdict. The proposal with regards to the scheme was kept before the general body meeting, with oppositions from some members who said that more firms are to be involved in the scheme, Kumar added. However, he also said that a specialized control room would not be possible if more than one operator is implicated.
Replacement of HPSV lamps
The civic officials said that electricity unit has been installing LED streetlights across the city since 2011-12, substituting the High Pressure Sodium Vapour (HPSV) lamps wherever possible. The civic management has about 1 lakh streetlight poles all over the city, of which almost 30,000 have been substituted by LED lamps in the preceding four years.
Manisha Shekatkar, an executive engineer of PMC’s electricity unit said that it will be a cloud-based system. The data concerning timings of lights its details of repairs and other related issues will be stored in the cloud.