SMC to switch to LEDs to end streetlight woes

SMC to switch to LEDs to end streetlight woes

Srinagar: Convectional street lights in the winter capital are up for a makeover with the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) expected to replace them with smart LEDs soon.
Earlier, the government had installed sodium vapour lights, but these consume more power and have fluctuation problems, especially in winter when the power supply is low. The SMC is now going to install smart LED lights to overcome these issues.
Most of the street lights in Srinagar either remain defunct or are yet to be installed in many parts of the city. Whatever inconveniences there are on the streets by day, the people are left to face the worst after dark. As per the records, more than 14,000 of the city’s street lights are defunct.
An official at the SMC said that instead of repairing defunct lights, the Corporation will now replace them with new lights. This, he said, is the main reason why the authorities did not repair defunct lights last year as they planned to replace them instead.
The official further said that from last year they only repaired those lights about which they got complaints or where it was very important that illumination be restored.
Khurshid Ahmad Sanai, the SMC Commissioner, told Kashmir Reader that, “We have hired Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (ESEL), a Delhi-based company, for installing these lights. We have been working on this project from last year; it could not happen earlier due to various reasons but now it will only take two or three months for work to begin.”
He further added, “We will replace all defunct lights and where it is needed to install new lights, we will install them. Apart from that, we will install these lights as per the requirement area.
“There is no problem with funds, we have good grants for installing the lights and we are trying to complete all pending formalities as soon as possible so that the company will start the work and make the city shine,” Sanai further said.
In Srinagar city, street lights are installed by different departments which include the Housing Department, the Power Development Department (PDD), Tourism, Roads and Buildings and the SMC. The SMC has its own jurisdiction, and the other departments have their own. “We have to cover lanes and by-lanes; main roads will be covered by PDD, while in tourist spots, street lights are installed by the Tourist Department as well as the Housing Department,” he said.