KMC to light up city streets with 270,000 LEDs
By 2019, Kolkata will look brighter even after sundown, and not just on festive days but round the year. The streetlighting system of the city is set for an overhaul with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) planning to replace all metal halide lights with LED variants. To begin with, the KMC electrical department will install 30,000 LED lights to illuminate Kolkata’s major thoroughfares. In the next phase, other important roads will come under the street illumination project. The last phase will take care of the city’s lanes.
The state government has assured the civic top brass that it will release ` 800 million in phases for the ‘Green City’ project. Under this project, the West Bengal government is scheduled to get funds for turning the city eco-friendly. The lighting project undertaken by the civic body will help Kolkata to earn carbon credit points.
Apart from the switchover to an LED lighting system along thoroughfares, the civic body also plans to install LED lights in the city’s parks, the central municipal building (headquarters) on S.N. Banerjee Road and at the 16 borough offices located across the city.