Roads along beaches in the added areas of the city will soon get better illumination. The Chennai Corporation has started work on installing reconditioned streetlight fittings on roads along beaches in such areas.

The work is part of the civic body’s initiative to make optimum use of the streetlight fittings that were removed from roads where metro rail work is under way.

“We have reconditioned streetlights that were removed because of metro rail and other works. Such fittings have been installed along beaches that were not properly illuminated earlier. We will install more such lights soon,” said an official of the Chennai Corporation.

In stretches such as East Coast Road, the Chennai Corporation will soon complete work on installation of new double-bracket streetlight fittings. Beaches in Perungudi and Sholinganallur zones are likely to benefit more from the ongoing initiative of the civic body to improve illumination on roads in the added areas. Work in many stretches of Kottivakkam and Palavakkam will be completed shortly, an official said.

This is expected to address safety concerns at beaches to a certain extent. The civic body is also studying existing conditions in areas that are in need of high-mast lamps. The Chennai Corporation maintains over 2.13 lakh streetlights in the city.

As part of measures to improve maintenance of streetlights, the civic body will soon procure 30 electrical ladders at a cost of Rs. 2.8 crore. As many as 1,600 timers will be connected to groups of streetlights for automatic switching on and off.

Energy-saving fittings in the newly-added areas will soon be commissioned on a trial basis. Next week, an innovative approach for commissioning additional induction lamps will be finalised by the civic body.

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