The move is in keeping with Jayalalithaa's vision for State
In yet another effort to bring down power consumption and thereby expenditure, the Coimbatore Corporation has gone in for LED bulbs in street lights.
Mayor S.M. Velusamy inaugurated the first set of LED bulbs on Big Bazaar Street, in front of the Coimbatore Corporation on Friday, in the presence of Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy, Deputy Mayor N. Chinnadurai, zonal and committee chairmen and councillors.
He said the lights consumed only one-third of the power sodium vapour and other lights consumed. They also helped the Corporation save two-third of the money spent on paying power bills.
The civic body's move was in keeping with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's vision for the State – to consume less and conserve power. In this regard, the Corporation Council had passed a resolution to install LED lights.
The civic body would install the lights in added areas. In all, it would require around 21,000 lights, he said and added that the additional reason for going for the lights was that they were maintenance-free.
The Corporation would introduce the LED lights in the core city area once its contract with the agency concerned for power conservation expired.
A release the civic body issued in this regard said that the Corporation, through contract, was maintaining 37,129 lights in the 60 wards that constituted the core city area. Residents from those areas could have their lights repaired within 48 hours of launching a complaint with the Corporation.
The Corporation spent close to Rs. 3 crore on the lights.