Rajasthan’s capital city of Jaipur appears to be taking a lead in the country in embracing environment-friendly civic services, the latest being its smart street lights.
As part of the initial move to reduce power wastage, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has installed smart street lights on Mahal Road of Jaipur, famous described as a Pink City.
Under the smart lighting system, the JDA has installed 320 smart street lights on 1.6km stretch on Mahal Road, said an official, adding that Jaipur is the first city in the country to have installed these smart lights.
“The first set of smart lights installed at Mahal Road are being tested,” said an official. After the successful testing, the JDA plans to install 2,100 smart lighting nodes in the next phase.
“We have invited online tenders for the next phase. The last date to submit bids is November 9.”
In the second phase, the authorities have plans to install smarts lights on seven stretches, covering nearly 47km stretch.
“We will feed the sunrise and sunset timings into the system to operate these lights to prevent energy wastage,” said another JDA official explaining the smart lights’ functioning.
It may be noted that the street lights glow only in the presence of a person or a vehicle, otherwise they remain dim or low lit. “Whenever there is low density of traffic by night, these smart lights turn dim automatically,” the official added.
Established with a view to ensure a planned, holistic and inclusive development of Jaipur, JDA functions towards creating and efficient basic infrastructure to meet the needs of the ever-increasing population and for the required expansion of the city visited by millions of visitors annually from across the country and abroad.