Kerala

Phase II of LED installation soon

A total of 19,500 LED street lights will be installed in this phase

The second phase of replacement of the existing street lights in the city with LED lights is set to begin soon.

A total of 19,500 LED lights will be installed in this phase, with 195 lights each distributed equally to each of the hundred wards of the city Corporation.

“Half of the stock of 9,000 LED lights have arrived already. It has not been decided yet on whether to begin the replacement after the arrival of the entire lot of 19,500 lights or before that. The work can be completed in a few weeks,” said a Corporation official.

The local body had deposited the second instalment of ₹8.88 crore with the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for the replacement of these lights a few months ago.

Earlier, the board had replaced 20,000 street lights, at a cost of ₹9.13 crore. In addition, the city Corporation has on its own replaced 5,900 street lights this year as part of extensions in various wards.

“We have begun making savings in electricity from the lights already replaced. Once all the street lights are replaced, it will provide considerable savings in electricity bills for the Corporation. It will hopefully be completed this year. There of course have been some issues with a few of the LED lights, but taken as a whole, it is only a miniscule percentage of the lights replaced,” said the official.

Modus operandi

For the third phase, the local body is mulling whether to continue with the current system of depositing the amount with the KSEB, which then procures it from a third party and replaces the existing lights or to hand it over to one of the companies that responded to its Expression of Interest (EoI) call.

The Corporation has a total of around 84,000 street lights across the city, with a few more being added in recent months as part of line extensions.

The plans to replace these with LED lights began more than four years ago, during the tenure of the previous council.

This period has witnessed several rounds of discussions, postponements, and controversies over the street light project, which has perpetually been caught in the processing stage.

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