May 26, 2016: The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) is all set to replace 52,000 traditional bulbs with LEDs, with the aim to achieve energy efficiency in the city. The municipal body has been floating tender, inviting bids from Energy Saving Companies (ESCs) in order to carry out the scheme. After implementation, the municipal body is expected to save more than 58% in electricity bills on a yearly basis.
Vijay Nehra, RMC commissioner said that the civic body has decided to decrease the energy consumption of the city with the help of LED-based street lights with centralized controlling and monitoring system (CCMS). Also, Nehra said that a consultant has been appointed to plan a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the scheme under which the civic body will replace all traditional streetlights with LEDs.
Apart from replacing the streetlights, the 458 street-light controllers will be associated with computerised Central server room to control and monitor the lights, according to RMC officials.
The scheme will be executed on public private partnership (PPP) form in which the victorious bidder will invest Rs 19 crore and RMC will not have to put in any money in the scheme, Nehra added.
Rajkot streets to light up with 52,000 LED bulbs
He also added that at present the annual energy bill is Rs 7.95 crore. Once the LED project gets executed, energy cost will reduce to Rs 3.33 crore, which will help to save Rs 4.62 crore yearly. By looking at such figures, the RMC can save Rs 44.26 crore in energy costs within the next 10 years.
Furthermore Nehra said that after the completion of 10 years, the bidder will entrust all street-lights and controller system to RMC. Apart from energy conservations, Rajkot city will profit by the scheme in its bid for the Smart City scheme in 2017 round, added Nehra.