All streets in Gurugram to be illuminated by July-end, say officials

Municipal Corporation of Gurugram officials said the project, which started on March 30, is on track and will be completed by the end of July.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 10, 2018 09:56 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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Gurugram agencies are in the process of setting up LED streetlights across the city. Work is already under way in Sector 4.(HT Photo/Yogendra Kumar)

As many as 57,000 LED streetlights will be installed across Gurugram by July-end, which will light up dark stretches and also help save 13 million units of electricity, according to the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG).

Of the total number, LED lights will replace 49,000 existing sodium vapour bulbs and the rest 8,000 will be installed in new poles, as a part of a project being carried out by the MCG in collaboration with the government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The budget of the project is Rs 92 crore.

In the last two parts of the series on inadequate streetlights in Gurugram, HT had highlighted how no sector in the city is fully lit, which makes many areas vulnerable to accidents and crime.

MCG officials said the project, which started on March 30, is on track and will be completed by the end of July.

“The MCG is on target to complete the work by July-end and to ensure that all streets are lit with the new LED lights. So far, more than 10,000 streetlights have been installed across the city,” Lalit Jindal, executive engineer of the MCG, said.

The work of installing LED streetlights started in Ward 1 and has currently, work is ongoing in wards 2, 3, 5, 33 and 34. The new lights will be installed across all 35 municipal wards of the city.

The streetlights are being installed under the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of the central government, with Gurugram being the first city in Haryana to adopt this programme.

In October 2017, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the MCG and EESL for installing 49,000 streetlights in the city, which would be valid for 10 years. As per the agreement, the MCG will bear the cost of upgrading the infrastructure and the EESL will meet the maintenance costs.

Making Gurugram safer
The infrastructure for installation of LED lights will be improved, to increase the efficiency of streetlights in the city
Advantages of LED streetlights
Longer life expectancy: Approximately 13 years, against 9 years for sodium vapour streetlights
Lower power consumption: Once the all the 49,000 sodium vapour streetlights are replaced with LED streetlights, it is expected to save 13 million units of power annually in Gurugram
The maintenance costs decline owing to longer lifespan
Does not contain toxic chemicals, such as mercury, and does not produce ultraviolet light that tends to attract insects
It emits optimal brightness right away, does not need to warm up for reaching that level, which is the case for sodium vapour bulbs
Unlike sodium vapour bulbs, LED light does not cause a glare and affect the vision.
Has a higher installation cost than sodium vapour bulb streetlights. A sodium vapour bulb streetlight costs around Rs 4,000, while an LED streetlight costs over Rs 11,000
Do not glow in all directions, unlike sodium vapour bulbs. LED bulbs can only be used for directional lighting
Cities in India that have adopted the LED streetlight project to replace sodium vapour bulb streetlights: Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Sonepur (Bihar).
LED streetlight project basic outline
57,000 Number of LED streetlights to be installed under the new MCG project
Where: In all of MCG’s 35 wards.
10,000 Installed so far, in wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 33, 34
Date of MoU being signed with EESL: August 2017
Work Started: March 30. Initially started in December 2017, where only bulbs were to be replaced. Officials decided the infrastructure was poor and revised the project.
Expected time of completion: July-end

“Currently, maintenance of streetlights is a major issue. Many of them remain unused and are not repaired for long despite repeated requests and reminders to the MCG. Hopefully, the situation will improve,” said Neelu Kapoor, who lives near Sohna Road.

The project was to be completed by January, but MCG officials conceded that due to revision in the estimated cost and the equipment, the project has been delayed and the deadline pushed to July.

As a result of this revision, the cost of the project increased from Rs50 crore to Rs92 crore.

According to MCG officials, when work commenced on the project in December 2017, only sodium vapour bulbs were to be replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs, using the existing infrastructure.

However, officials found that the infrastructure, such as the electric cables, circuits and poles, at many sites, had flaws or were not equipped to facilitate the installation of an LED bulb.

The project was revised and the new proposal included replacing the infrastructure of the streetlights.

After the Urban Local Bodies approved the project, which included 8,000 additional streetlights, in March, work started at the end of the month and is expected to be completed by July.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 09:54 IST