The energy saving LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps will light up a street of Kochi by July.
The Kochi Corporation has selected the road stretch between Thevara junction and Thoppumpady bridge along the new Venduruthy bridge for the installation of the lamps. The Town Planning Standing Committee of the Kochi Corporation had forwarded a proposal to the Corporation Council in this regard.
The installation comes as part of an initiative from the State government. The government had earlier decided to allot 100 LED lamps each to all the corporations and municipalities in the State. It had also asked the civic bodies to identify the street and lamp posts for installation of the lights. The Energy Management Centre (EMC), Thiruvanthapuram, had prepared a project in this regard for the State government.
The EMC is in the process of completing the tender formalities for selecting the agency for the project.
The installation of the lamps is expected to begin in July. The selected agency will be given three months for completing the installation of lamps, said Johnson Daniel, Energy Technologist of the EMC. The State government had instructed to complete the project by September.
In the pilot phase, the civic bodies will get the lamps installed with a three-year guarantee clause. The company selected for the work would carry out all the jobs related to the project, including the installation, and the civic bodies can think of extending the guarantee of the lamps after the expiry of the three-year term, he said.
The Centre also has plans to supply Automatic Streetlight Controller along with the lamps to the civic bodies. The LED lamps would save up to 50 per cent energy and have long life. The lamps are expected to last up to one lakh hours.
The replacement of the existing lamps with LED lamps would save considerable amount for the civic bodies in terms of energy bill. The durable lamps will also save the authorities from frequent repairs.
The civic bodies are often finding it difficult to obtain spare parts and trained workforce for repairing the faulty ones. The LED lamps would be an answer to these issues, he said.
If satisfied, the corporations can think of extending the project to other parts of its divisions, he said.