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Visakhapatnam gets smart street lighting system, first of its kind in India

Visakhapatnam gets smart street lighting system, first of its kind in India

By Bizled Bureau

February 7, 2015: From April 2015, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), in the Indian city of Visakhapatnam, will install a central control and monitoring system (CCMS) in the city to save energy through street lighting system.

GVMC has entered into an MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture between public sector undertakings of the Union power ministry, who will install the system, which will be monitored by the AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM).

EESL will run the LED streetlighting system for the next seven years. The city will save about 243 million units per annum as against the average annual energy consumption of 392 million units by the old street lighting system, GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar said.

Speaking on the occasion, EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar said that this Indian city will have CCMS for the first time in India to monitor the street lighting system of the city. With the CCMS, all the streetlights in the city will be switched on and off at the flick of a single switch.

“We will feed the sunrise and sunset timings into the system to operate streetlights in order to prevent energy wastage. The main CCMS office will be set up at the GVMC premises from where EESL’s staff will monitor the functioning of streetlights apart from addressing the complaints of out of order lights,” Saurabh Kumar said at the event in Visakhapatnam.

Pravin Kumar said about 76,000 sodium vapour streetlights out of the total 91,775 have already been replaced by LED lamps.

EESL will install the remaining streetlights by February 28 and had already repaired about 1200 LED lights out of 1300 LED lights that were not working properly.

Photo caption: GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar. Courtesy: The Hindu


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