The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) will start the installation of 75,000 energy-efficient LED street lights in the city in a week’s time. The project is likely to be completed the end of this year.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Delhi-based energy service company of the Government of India, is handling the project.
“The work of replacing the sodium vapours street lights with LED ones will start in a week or so. A survey in this regard was conducted in all the 75 PMC wards from May 26 to June 5,” said Patna Mayor Sita Sahu.
On a pilot basis, 155 LED street lights were installed from Income Tax roundabout to the Patna zoo and a survey was also conducted regarding the installations. Speaking about the survey, EESL’s regional manager Rakesh Pratap said, “It was done to assess the infrastructure and basic requirements for the installation work. For the first phase, areas of Bailey Road and Hardinge Road were shortlisted.”
500 technicians and other workers have already been deployed to meet the deadline. “In a meeting with the municipal commissioner, it was decided that the workers and technicians would be hired by the PMC,” added the regional manager.