The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ESCO Company to replace sodium and tube lights with energy-saving LED (light-emitting diode) lights.
JMC mayor Nirmal Nahata said the day-to-day trouble faced by Pink City residents will be resolved with these LED lights. Under the MoU signed with the company by March 2015, 15,000 existing lights on city main roads will be replaced by LED lights.
“The project is based on a public-private partnership (PPP) where the contract with the company is signed for 10 years. The company in a year will replace 70,000 sodium and tube lights with required watts of LED lights, which are regulated by JMC,” he said.
The mayor said that JMC in total manages 1.97 lakh road lights in the city.
He said the company will look after the lights for 10 years and after that it will be handed over to the JMC.
Nahata said in the first, the company will replace 15,000 lights by March next year on main roads like JLN, Tonk, Jan Path, Vidhan Sabha, main markets and other roads.
“The project would not come as extra financial burden on JMC or state government as the lights will cut short electricity bills by 77.13%. Of the total share of saved electricity, 30.06% will go to JMC and rest 70% to the company. With the installation of these lights, Rs. 60 crore will be saved in 10 years,” he said.
He said at many outer areas of the city, there are no streetlights; the lights removed from main roads will be installed there.
JMC chief executing officer Gyana Ram said these lights will lessen the consumption of electricity. The expenditure of lights will be borne by the company.
“The JMC annually spent ` 48 crore to maintain 1.97 lakh light points across the city, which is paid to JVVNL. Looking at this huge expenditure, the JMC thought of opting energy-saving project on PPP mode,” he said.
He said to operate these lights the company will set up its own control room where these lights will be operated with the help of remote controls.