Ghaziabad is moving towards ‘smart’ lighting. The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) has started replacing incandescent tube lights and sodium lights with power-efficient LED lights for street lighting. The corporation plans to save Rs 8 crore annually through this drive.
Currently, the corporation is paying Rs 17 crore every year for the electricity charges.
The corporation has enrolled a private firm to replace the street lighting in all the five municipal zones.
“Apart from the estimated savings of Rs 8 crore, the corporation will also get 25% of the savings from the electricity bills while the company will get 75% of the difference amount, as per the agreement. The maintenance cost of the streetlights will also be borne by the company for seven years,” said City Mayor, Ashu Kumar Verma in conversation with The Hindustan Times.
The new LED street lights will have a ‘smart lighting’ feature by which streetlights will be turned off during daytime and turned on automatically in the evening.
At present, the streetlights installed in the five zones of Ghaziabad are of 400, 250, 150, 85, 70 and 40 wattage. As many as 9,971 of these are in the city zone, 12,845 in Kavi Nagar, 10,082 in Mohan Nagar, 10,408 in Vasundhara zone and 6,908 in Vijay Nagar.