The Department of Municipal Administration has proposed to outsource the maintenance of streetlights in Thanjavur region, comprising Tiruchirapalli City Corporation and 19 municipalities spread over the districts of Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Perambalur, and Ariyalur.

The project focuses on energy saving strategy and prompt maintenance of streetlights, besides minimising complaints by members of the public. Under this project, all the conventional tube lights would be replaced with LED lamps, which would reduce the usage of electricity by streetlights and reduce the energy bill for the local bodies. The department finalised a private company for this project and tender had been finalised. Sources said the department expected 35 per cent saving in energy because of the usage of LED bulbs.