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Hyderabad to switch LED streetlights by Ugadi

Hyderabad to switch LED streetlights by Ugadi
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The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is set to replace all 4, 13,029 high pressure sodium vapour (HPSV) streetlights with light-emitting diodes (LED) ahead of Ugadi.  This initiative would save GHMC about Rs 100 crore annually.  

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is set to replace all 4, 13,029 high pressure sodium vapour (HPSV) streetlights with light-emitting diodes (LED) ahead of Ugadi. This initiative would save GHMC about Rs 100 crore annually.

An extensive study would be conducted within 15 days to initiate the LED project. Officials said that streetlights with different capacities like 20 W, 40W, 70W, and 120W would be installed, based on the width of the road.

The sodium vapour street lights in the city consume about 60 MW of power per year and the corporation has been spending about Rs 190 crore to maintain them.

Of the total number of streetlights, about 2, 07,793 are 150 W HPSV lights. Other types of lights include 250W HPSV (73,215), 70W HPSV (47,520), and 40W tubes (16,475), 250W Metal Halide (16,536), 400W MH (18,150), 120W LEDs (254) and 250W Induction (4).

A senior GHMC official told The Hans India that the capital investment for the LED project would be met by the Energy Efficient Services Limited (ESSL).

The main objective of ESSL was to implement energy-efficient projects on a turnkey basis with assistance from urban local bodies and state governments.

He said that the project would also cover replacement warranty of streetlights, and free operation and maintenance during the tenure. A centralised monitoring and control system would also be put in place, he added.

The GHMC official further said that the corporation had started replacing HPSV streetlights with LEDs at Tank Bund and on the Necklace Road.

The LED streetlights would not only provide better light, but also reduce the power consumption by at least 50 per cent. The project is estimated to cost about Rs 500 crore.

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