City residents will soon see smart poles on roads if the municipal corporation gives a go-ahead to the proposal that it received from a private company on Friday.
This will be a pilot project in the state. However, MC authorities will take the final call. Ludhiana was the first city from Punjab to make it to the first list of smart cities announced by the Centre.
This proposal includes installation of LED lights on 1,000 smart poles. These poles can also be fitted up with CCTV cameras, Wi-Fi networks and devices by telecom companies.
MC commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “In its proposal, the company has stated that it will replace 1,000 traditional streetlights with smart LED lights at no additional cost to the civic body. These streetlights will act as ‘smart poles’.”
Thori further said telecom companies can fix their devices for mobile networks on these poles.
Similarly, Wi-Fi routers can also be fixed on them through which residents nearby can use these hotspots, he added.
The company has also offered to install a CCTV network considering safety measures, e-governance mobile phone app, improved aesthetics through elimination of ‘aesthetics pollution’ by existing cellphone towers, charging ports for electric rickshaw/vehicle, smart parking management, centralised control and management system, for all the above applications.
Jayant Saha, general manager, Energasia Power India Pvt Ltd, said the company had made a proposal for 1,000 streetlights to be replaced with smart LED lights with control rooms to monitor their functioning.
The MC commissioner also said the proposal was at its initial stage, adding that they were looking into it and will take a decision after weighing all pros and cons.
What are ‘smart poles’?
These could be regular ‘streetlights’ replaced with smart LED lights, with the provision of fixing mobile network sevices, Wi-Fi routers and CCTV cameras.