Udupi city will soon have LED streetlights, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

June 23, 2023

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UDUPI: Udupi City Municipality has got an approval from the urban development department (UDD) to convert all conventional streetlights to LED lamps in the city limits.

The new LED streetlights, which will have centralised control and monitoring system, will be introduced in all the 35 wards of the city municipality. A proposal of the Udupi city municipality to replace conventional streetlights with LEDs at an estimated cost of Rs 24.25 crore through PPP model has been approved by the government, said Udupi MLA K Raghupathi Bhat.

N Mangalagowri, under secretary to government, UDD, has issued an order giving administrative approval for the proposal to convert streetlights into LED lamps under PPP model in Udupi.

However, the project should be taken up on certain conditions that the department has specified in the order. A post-facto sanction should be obtained from the appropriate authority, and the government will not be sanctioning additional cost for the project.

The urban development cell of the Udupi district should float a tender as per the conditions of the district-level technical committee headed by the DC. “The project implementation should be carried out by following the rules under the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act. While the project should be completed as per schedule, the quality of work should be checked through a third party,” the under secretary stated in the order.

In fact, the government had, in 2018, issued an order to convert streetlights in all the local bodies and city corporations into LED lamps with centralised control and monitory system under PPP model.

MLA Bhat said with the implementation of the project, all old streetlights will be replaced with the eco-friendly LED ones, that would save energy consumption.

“More than 20,000 smart LED lamps will be used to replace old streetlights in the city. The project will help the municipality reduce power consumption by 80%, and thereby save 80% of the electricity bill. Currently, the city municipality has been spending an average of Rs 1.2 crore for the maintenance of streetlights.

There will be no maintenance cost for the proposed project. Further, the centralised control and monitoring system will help staff rectify faults in the streetlights from the control room, which will function from the municipality office building,” Bhat said.

  • Published On Mar 7, 2023 at 03:00 PM IST

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