Over 700 solar street lights to illuminate ‘dark lanes’ of 32 Uttar Pradesh villages, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

MEERUT: It has been a long time coming. Around 750 ‘auto on-off’ solar street lights are being installed in a total of 32 villages in Saharanpur Nagar Nigam (SNN) area under the state government’s smart city project.

A decision in this regard was taken on Friday in a meeting chaired by divisional commissioner Saharanpur Dr Lokesh M and attended by officials working on the project.

According to an official of SNN, the installation cost of each solar run street light is around Rs 22,300.

The official said, “Each of these villages is replete with several lanes lacking street lights causing inconvenience to the locals. We have marked them as ‘dark lanes’ and have submitted a list to UPNEDA officials in Saharanpur. Now, the solar-run street lights will come up in these lanes, under the smart city initiative, which aims to make life at ease for the people living here.”

RB Verma, project officer, UPNEDA (UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency) Saharanpur, said, “These solar lights are equipped with an auto on and off facility, 13Ah battery that can run up to 12 hours and a solar panel. The light will turn on or off depending on the lighting in the location, avoiding unnecessary wastage of battery power.”

The 32 villages, including Mavikhurd, Badshahpur, Ramnagar, Nayagaon, Pinjoura, Sanwalpur, Nawada, Taharpur, Mavikalan and Kumharhera among others, came under the jurisdiction of Saharanpur Nagar Nigam a few years ago. Verma said the installation work will begin from early next year.

In addition, he said under the smart city project the UPNEDA Saharanpur has already installed around 124 solar high masts in 80 out of 125 public parks; wherein the installation cost of each high mast is around Rs 94,200.

The central government had approved 100 cities of the country to be developed as smart cities. Of these, 10 are in UP – Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Agra, Bareilly, Jhansi, Saharanpur, Aligarh, and Moradabad.

  • Published On Nov 13, 2022 at 02:22 PM IST

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