LED yet to spread light on Thiruvananthapuram roads

Thiruvananthapuram: The implementation of the LED streetlight project across the city seems to have hit a roadblock with even the appointment of a technical committee to look into it getting caught up in the files. The committee was meant to scrutinise the Expression of Interest (EOI) sent by various firms, but it is yet to be passed by the Corporation Council.

“The Corporation authorities had finalised the committee and its members early in August. Then it was sent to the consideration of the works standing committee. But it has not been placed in the Corporation Council meeting. Only with the council’s assent can the committee be appointed,” says a Corporation official.

Eleven private firms have responded to the local body’s Expression of Interest (EoI) call. The decision to appoint a technical committee was taken as the Corporation did not have the expertise on LED technology. It was supposed to have personnel from the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram and Energy Management Centre, the nodal agency for leading the LED campaign.

The Corporation is looking for a ‘zero investment model’ for the LED project, which aims to replace all the 84,000 streetlights across the city in a phased manner.

As per this model, the civic body will not be spending any money on this. The money saved in the electricity bill will be paid to the company. The company will have the responsibility of maintaining the lights for the entire lifetime of 8-9 years and then will have to buy it back. The existing tube lights will also be taken by the company.

The City Corporation is looking at various other cities where LEDs have been implemented successfully or are in the middle of implementation. Chennai is one of those, but it is following a different model and is spending around Rs.300 crore for the entire project.

The lack of coverage in several areas even with the existing tube lights is also a cause of concern for the ruling party. It has led to protests from the opposition on many occasions during the council meeting.

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