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Updated: April 30, 2013 19:39 IST

Chennai all set to turn brighter

Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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The Chennai Corporation will kick-start a massive programme next week to improve lighting in the city, with the focus on replacement of around 60,000 streetlights. It will install 25,000 solar-powered streetlights in eight new zones.

At a meeting on Thursday, the Chennai Corporation decided to replace tubelights and mercury vapour lamps with energy-saving lights such as induction lamps, LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps.

The first part of the tender to replace old tubelights in added areas will be released next week. The initiative is expected to bring down the level of energy consumption by 25 per cent and save 36 lakh units in the coming year.

Hours of darkness in 426 sq km of the city are tackled by just 2.2 lakh streetlights, which are found to be inadequate in many of the expanded areas with just 88,000 old streetlights. After expansion, the Chennai Corporation was able to bring down the percentage of not-burning streetlights in the eight added zones to 5.4 per cent. The number of such streetlights is estimated to be around 4,752. To temporarily overcome this problem in added areas, the civic body will purchase 5,000 streetlights through the ongoing tender process.

Even though roads in seven zones ie. Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru-Vi-Ka-Nagar, Anna Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Adyar of old city limits have superior illumination with a very low percentage of ‘not-burning' streetlights, darkness prevails in many stretches in many of the added areas because of the continuation of the old system of illumination adopted by many panchayats earlier.

The Corporation's norm of a minimum of 25 metre distance between two adjacent streetlights is being violated in zones such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur.

The Chennai Corporation has planned to erect new poles in such areas.Existing streetlights fixed on Reinforced Cement Concrete poles in added areas would be replaced according to the norms of the Chennai Corporation. The civic body has started locating new dark spots on stretches.

A smart street lighting system would also be installed across the city to monitor defects in streetlights from a control room and take remedial measures at the earliest. Most of the new streetlights are likely to be induction lamps as they last for five years and are easy to maintain and replace.

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The Municipal Administration Department/Town Panchayat & Pollution Control Board and other connected line departments have to act fast to provide basic amenities like Street Lights, Road/Street cleaning free from grabage, timely water supply atleast to start with Municiapl & Town Panchayat Areas. The Govt. must give top priority & take serious action against "Spitting" & "Smoking" in public places as spitting & smoking in Tamil Nadu is an inherent character of many"

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Mar 26, 2012 at 09:47 IST

Do we have enough electricity to burn these additional lights at night?

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Mar 25, 2012 at 12:50 IST

There had been some good moves by Chennai Corporation One is the collection of plastic (Soft) nthrough schools every wednesday. Chennaiites must cooperate with corporation and pass on the plastic on every wednesday. It serves two purposes

1. Saving the city with unwanted plastic around
2. Help the corporation to some extent to relay road. Saidai Duraisami seems to be going in the right direction and wish him all the best.

from:  T Sivasankaran
Posted on: Mar 25, 2012 at 05:56 IST

This is a good move.
Earlier there was an order to replace lights in govt. office to LED lights whenever there is a problem with existing lights. Now they are replacing existing working lights in bulk. There is cost savings in both options. Hope there was a cost benefit analysis before taking a decision to replace existing working lights.

from:  saranyan
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 14:26 IST

Can we get basic lighting on Thoraipakkam-Pallavaram bypass road?

from:  Naresh
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 13:40 IST

A welcome move. Public on their part to keep watch on vandalisim and theft to help chennai corporation to serve better.

from:  R.V.Mukundan
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 09:25 IST

Good news to Chennaities.
When the city is frequently reeling under powercut,
the proposal to instal energy savings lights is a welcome initiative.
Let the corporation implement the scheme immeditely to brighten up
the City.

from:  mythreyi
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 03:53 IST

Bright idea! Welcome change in the visibility of Chennai.
Laudable initiative to bring in energcy savings lights likeIL/LED/CFL lights; When the entire state is reeling under severe
powercut, the solar powered lights are the solution;
The corporation deserves our appreciation in bringing out
the timely project; Let it implement the new scheme brightly,
to dispel the darkness especially in the added/new areas of the corporation.

from:  K Venkatesan
Posted on: Mar 24, 2012 at 03:45 IST
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