LEDs to replace 30,000 streetlights in city

LEDs to replace 30,000 streetlights in city
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LEDs to replace 30,000 streetlights in city. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has reached an agreement with the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for replacing 30,000 sodium vapour streetlights in the city with energy efficient LED bulbs.

VMC signs pact with EESL

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has reached an agreement with the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for replacing 30,000 sodium vapour streetlights in the city with energy efficient LED bulbs. As per the Rs 25 crore agreement, the EESL will replace the lights with LED bulbs in the next 10 weeks. The EESL will also look after the maintenance of LED bulbs for seven years.

Municipal Commissioner G Veerapandian said, “Many existing streetlights in various divisions have become defunct. The VMC had entrusted the maintenance of streetlights to Real Energy in 2007. The agreement expired in August 2014. Despite several reminders by the VMC, Real Energy failed to repair the defunct streetlights promptly during its agreement period.

Hence, the VMC entrusted the task of replacing lights with LED bulbs and their maintenance to the ESSL.” Veerapandian said that the VMC could reduce its power bill with the fixation of LED bulbs on a huge scale. Citing an example, he said, “A 7-10 watt LED bulb emits luminosity equal to that of a 100 watt incandescent bulb and its energy consumption is also far less.

The life of an LED bulb is also 50,000 hours. The disposal of LED bulbs is also easy and it will not pose any threat to environment. The VMC which has already started harnessing solar power, will save considerable amount of energy with the replacement of fluorescent lights with the LED bulbs which proves to be cost effective in the long run.’’

By Sistla Dakshina Murthy

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