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Updated: September 13, 2013 12:02 IST

Automatic streetlights to debut on Chennai roads next week

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As part of a pilot study, neighbourhoods in Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and Velachery will get a range of automated systems next week. Photo: M. Vedhan
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As part of a pilot study, neighbourhoods in Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and Velachery will get a range of automated systems next week. Photo: M. Vedhan

Starting next week, streetlights on city roads will switch on and off automatically, at the right time — a technology that the civic body plans to adopt if found effective.

Taking another step towards automated street lighting, the civic body will conduct a pilot study over 10 days.

Seven companies including those from Japan will commission automated streetlight monitoring systems across the city.

The Chennai Corporation will study each of the models and identify a suitable technology that can be put in place for automated control of streetlights.

The seven companies submitted proposals after the Corporation called for an expression of interest of the pilot study in May. Eight neighbourhoods in areas such as Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and Velachery will get a range of automated systems next week.

The system, once implemented, will facilitate updating of data on functioning of streetlights and immediate remedial action towards restoration of lights that fail to switch on. The civic body maintains 2.13 lakh streetlights, of which over 3 per cent are ‘not functioning’.

As many as 4,569 individual streetlight fittings in locations including Chintadripet, Ashok Nagar, Velachery and Adyar have already been identified for the pilot project.

The Corporation will receive 1.1 lakh LED fittings to replace old streetlights in eight zones next month. The civic body has opted for LED lights as they last five times longer than sodium vapour lamps.

The initiative is expected to bring down energy consumption to one-third of existing levels. The streetlights will be centrally monitored through a web page in real time after the system is implemented this year. The system will facilitate quick action to restore defects in streetlights.


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Could we now have an automatic mechanism within the wards, councils and corporations to dismantle all religious structures encroaching on Chennai roads or pedestrian footpaths at least on the arterial roads.

Now a days, setting up a one picture or one statue temple on the pedestrian footpath by authorised or unauthorised autorickshaw stands even in front of hospitals have become a precursor to logical encroaching of public property.

Needless to mention, the loud blaring music that is played in front of hospitals on occcasions because there is a footpath temple in front of it defies human decency. And the missing pedestrian tile blocks that eventually is used to build and maintain unauthorised shrines around the make shift temples is not only the pedestrians nightmare (aged and children alike stumble and fall from pits and mounds) but the overflow of pedestrians into the roads due to this adds to traffic snarls, pollution (both air and noise) and road rage!

Let Chennai live!

from:  r n iyengar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 16:14 IST

Rupee saved is equal to rupee earned. Like power saved morethan equal to power produced. Good initiative.

from:  Baskaran.T
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 10:35 IST
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