Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

1.36L LEDs re­place sodium street lights

- HT Correspond­ent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com ▪

LUC­KNOW: Chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath switched on 1.36 lakh LED street lights of state cap­i­tal and 38,500 street lights of Varanasi from his res­i­dence on Mon­day even­ing to mark the com­ple­tion of Street Light Na­tional Pro­gramme (SLNP) in the two cities.

SLNP, launched by PM Naren­dra Modi in Jan­uary 2015, aims to re­place 1.34 crore con­ven­tional street lights with en­ergy ef­fi­cient LED lights by March, 2019. It is be­ing im­ple­mented by En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Ser­vices Limited (EESL).

Luc­know Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion would save ₹70 crore an­nu­ally from the 1.36 lakh LED street lights, claimed Sau­rabh Ku­mar, MD, EESL. He added, “CM Yogi lit up the street lights in Luc­know and Varanasi on Mon­day by press­ing the but­ton at his res­i­dence on Mon­day even­ing.”

Sau­rabh Ku­mar said, “Around 70% of the amount saved would be given to EESL which has re­placed the lights. EESL will in­vest ₹1000 crore in the state by re­plac­ing 15 lakh sodium street lights with LED lights. Out of this, ₹500 crore have al­ready been in­vested as 5.75 lakh LED lights been fixed on poles in 11 mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions. Of the to­tal, 1.36 street lights have been re­placed in Luc­know which will save ₹70 crore an­nu­ally, while 38,500 street lights have been re­placed in Varanasi which will save ₹15 crore.”

To im­ple­ment the re­place­ment of street light pro­gramme, state gov­ern­ment bod­ies in­clud­ing the Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Depart­ment (UDD) and Ut­tar Pradesh Power Cor­po­ra­tion Limited (UPPCL) have part­nered with the EESL, a joint ven­ture un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the Min­istry of Power, Gov­ern­ment of India.

The SLNP was launched in UP in Septem­ber 2017. The EESL had signed agree­ments with 15 mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions and the work has been com­pleted in 11 of them. The move would en­able po­ten­tial en­ergy sav­ings of 400 mil­lion kWh an­nu­ally, re­duc­tion of 350 mil­lion tonnes in car­bon diox­ide emis­sions and would also lead to mone­tary sav­ings of ₹280 crore per an­num, said Ra­jeev

Sharma, chair­man, EESL.

Be­sides, street light smart me­ters were to be fixed in 40 lakh houses and one crore pre­paid me­ters would be placed in ru­ral houses of Ut­tar Pradesh, added Sharma. To in­stall smart me­ters, the EESL will in­vest ₹2,600 crore in Luc­know, Varanasi, Go­rakh­pur, Kan­pur and Mathura.

 ?? HT PHOTO ?? ▪ CM Yogi Adityanath switch­ing on the LED lights by press­ing the but­ton at his res­i­dence in Luc­know on Mon­day even­ing.
HT PHOTO ▪ CM Yogi Adityanath switch­ing on the LED lights by press­ing the but­ton at his res­i­dence in Luc­know on Mon­day even­ing.

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