The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation has issued the work order to replace the existing sodium vapour street lights with LED ones in Salt Lake and Rajarhat. The state government has sanctioned Rs 17 crore for the project.
“We have received the sanction. We started work from the lane beside Poura Bhavan,” said Bidhannagar Municipal Corpor-ation board of administrators chairperson Krishna Chakraborty.
Residents have been complaining for long that there are many stretches in the township that are inadequately lit and turn dark after sunset. There are also many defunct street lights on several stretches in Salt Lake and in areas of Baguiati and Rajarhat Gopalpur.
At present, there are about 25,000 sodium vapour lights across Salt Lake and adjacent areas that will be replaced with LED lights, a civic official said. As per rough estimates, the civic authorities pay a monthly energy bill of about Rs 1.5 crore. “About 60% of the electricity bill will get reduced once all the street lights are replaced,” the official added.
The plan is to fix chip-based sensors and timers that will turn on the lights automatically once natural light fades out. This will help the civic authorities to monitor every single street light from its control room and will receive a signal and identify any single street light if there is a technical glitch.
“Many places in Salt Lake is poorly lit. The plan to install LED lights is good as not only it is environment-friendly and brighter, it also saves much of the electricity bill,” said Tamal Pal, a resident of HB block.
Source: Times of India