It will have to install about 28,000 lights

Using roads at night will be comfortable in a few weeks from now for the residents of all the 40 wards that represent the added areas. For, the Coimbatore Corporation has started fixing new street lights.

According to sources, the Corporation was not fixing conventional lights but energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs with the aim of reducing the power consumption while increasing the number of bulbs. It was also in the process of replacing old, conventional bulbs with the new ones.

The sources said that the process had started in the East Zone. In replacing the bulbs, the officials were looking at places where lights had to be installed afresh and places where the existing ones had to be replaced and they were giving priority to the former. In East Zone alone the civic body would have to install nearly 6,400 lights – replace around 1,400 lights and fix afresh the rest.

In all the four zones that constitute the added areas – East, North, West and South – the Corporation would have to install about 28,000 lights. The civic body had taken up the lighting replacement work on a priority basis as in the past two years it had done very little to improve the lighting system there. And, it had allocated Rs. 28 crore for the purpose.

In the next few days, the Corporation would start installing the lights in the North Zone as well. The Corporation carried out the installation process after taking out an energy audit.

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