Over 80,000 street lights in suburban areas will be replaced by the end of the financial year.
According to TOI, BMC has taken the initiative to replace all the malfunctioning street lights in order to increase the illumination of streets. The initiative will be led by MLA Ashish Shelar.
Announcing the news, Shelar had tweeted, “We will inaugurate the street light replacement ceremony on Tuesday. This will boost lux levels and also remove dark areas in Bandra, Khar, and Santa Cruz areas. I have been pursuing this matter with the BMC and Reliance Energy for past 18 months.”
Starting from Tuesday, the street lights near Rangsharda in Bandra will be replaced in the first phase. Earlier it was reported that most roads in Bandra, Khar, Santacruz, Linking Road and Hill Road were not properly illuminated according to a survey of over 284 roads in the suburban areas.
Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said, “The color of lights will remain unchanged but I have instructed officials that in case the lux level of a street light not being adequate, it should be enhanced.” Mehta added that the initiative will commence throughout the city and benefit in safety and regulations. Around Rs 28 crore had been allocated in the 2018-19 budget to replace the existing lights with LED street lightings.
The use of LED is expected to cut BMC’s annual bill from Rs 164 crore to Rs 80 crore.
The Urban Development Department (UDD) and EESL had signed a MoU in February to install 20 lakh LED street lights in Maharastra.