BBMP to replace 4.85 street lamps with LED lights

The BBMP plans to light up the streets with  LED lights, replacing around 4.85 lakh power-consuming sodium vapour street lamps.

Every month, the Palike pays a  bill of over Rs 12 crore to Bescom for street lights. The project, based on an  energy-saving model, aims to cut down the electricity bill by 50%.

The BBMP also plans to establish centralised control rooms to monitor the LED lights.

A senior BBMP official told DH:  "We are paying a huge amount to Bescom, so we have decided to replace power-consuming lights with LED lights, which save energy and the money spent, too. We now pay around Rs 12 crore. If we implement this project, we are likely to save around 50% of the bill amount."

The BBMP believes the LED lights will also help reduce the maintenance cost as it is more durable.

The tender for this project may be called by this month-end under the 'design, build, finance and operation' model.

According to the Palike, this project may be implemented across the city over the next two years. The BBMP will collaborate with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a wing of the World Bank, for the project. The IFC is presently preparing a Detailed Project Report in this regard.  

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