LED street light project completing before schedule

Port Blair
20 Nov 2017

Following the Central Government’s directive for replacement of all conventional street lights before 26th January 2018, a total of 10,000 street lights have been replaced with LED lights and remaining 3500 may be replaced in the next 10 days. Hence all the existing conventional street lights will be replaced with LED lights by 30th November, almost two months before the schedule. Work for 1300 additional street lights in newly extended six wards will start in the first week of December.
Mr. Yashpal Garg, Secretary PBMC informed that the project under Smart City and being executed by a Government Company M/s EESL with responsibility of installation and maintenance for seven years. The street lights have been connected through GPRS and can be switched on or off even from the Mainland. There will be no effective outflow of funds because presently average annual streetlight expenditure including maintenance is Rs. 5 crores (approximate). On implementation of LED project, the annual expenditure including instalment to M/s EESL will be Rs. 2.33 crores approximately (energy bill Rs.0.87 crores + EMI of Rs. 1.46 crores). The annual saving in electricity consumption will be 28 lakh units and hence the Electricity Department will also be saving about Rs. 4 crores annually.
Mr. Garg informed that above statistics made it clear that all the street lights of the Municipal area will be replaced with LED lights without any financial burden. In the project period of 7 years, the PBMC and Electricity Department will be saving about Rs. 40 crores. After 7 years, the LED street lights will be maintained by PBMC.