The people of the city can soon have street lights of international standards with Delhi government on Friday sanctioning Rs 106.63 crore for sprucing up the lighting system on the roads of the Public Works Department (PWD).
“The focus would be to install well lit, uniform and standardised lighting on all the PWD streets,” said Finance and PWD minister AK Walia. The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) of the Delhi government sanctioned the amount after a presentation on “Street Light Master Plan” by the PWD and another presentation by the Delhi Transco.
Walia said the project includes five-year comprehensive maintenance contract with the agency which is awarded the contract.
In addition, there would be regular third party inspection to maintain quality and standards. “The project has been taken up in view of the Commonwealth Games, 2010,” the minister added.
Delhi has 380 km roads, maintained by the PWD. These would have electric poles of uniform size, emitting powerful light of a single colour and computerized control system to detect any fault at any level. Sheet steel fabricated octagonal galvanised poles, mounted on concrete pedestal would be the feature of the new lighting system. Presently, the poles are just inserted into the ground due to which they get uprooted easily. Officials said the new poles would appeal to the aesthetics of the people. Each of the new poles would have an average span of 25 years as compared to 5 years of the present ones. The main routes to be covered under the new streetlights would be NH-1, NH-2 and NH-8.
The new features of the street lighting system include automatic control and remote operation from central control station and remote indication of faulty feeders at central station and power failure message through SMS to zonal staff (alarm message).