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Ghaziabad to get smart meters for accurate billing soon

The smart meters will digitally send the reading to the discom to ensure fair and accurate electricity bills

gurgaon Updated: Feb 09, 2018 22:31 IST
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The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for replacing 8,000 streetlights with LED bulbs.(Sakib Ali/HT PHOTO)

The Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for replacing 8,000 streetlights with LED bulbs. The other local bodies in the district will soon follow suit.

Apart from the GDA, the municipal corporation, too, will replace nearly 60,000 streetlights with LED lights. With two major agencies now following the conversion plan, the focus in the next phase will shift to the local bodies. With more and more agencies going the LED way, it will go a long way in helping them cut down on energy and maintenance costs.

The other local bodies, apart from the Ghaziabad municipal corporation, include the Nagar Palikas of Khoda, Loni, Modi Nagar and Murad Nagar. Apart from these, the nagar panchayats of Patla, Niwari Farid Nagar and Dasna are also in line to replace the existing streetlights with LED bulbs in the next phase.

“In the next phase, we plan to replace nearly 30,000 streetlights in areas coming within the jurisdictions of local administrative bodies. We have forwarded a proposal to this effect to the government and are awaiting a response,” Ritu Mesheshwari, vice chairperson, GDA, said.

According to an official estimate, the conversion to LED streetlights in four nagar palikas and four nagar panchayats will help conserve around 13.9 million units of electricity per year and would result in an annual saving worth nearly ₹4.3 crore.

Apart from the existing streetlights, the government is also embarking on another project under which it will install 40 lakh smart electricity meters in the state. “Under this project, Ghaziabad will get 2 lakh meters and these will be installed later. The move to convert all existing streetlights with LED bulbs and switching to smart meters will help reduce energy consumption and ensure better monitoring,” she added.

Read I Ghaziabad municipal corporation starts replacing streetlights with LED lights, to save Rs8 crore annually

The smart meters can digitally send meter readings to the electricity supplier for more accurate billing.

In a majority of high-rises in Ghaziabad, residents have already installed smart meters which enable a pay and use facility. The residents have the option of getting their meters recharged and consume as many units as they have paid for.

According to authority officials, GDA presently spends nearly ₹4.7 crore on annual electricity streetlight bills while it also incurs a cost of nearly ₹50 lakh annually on their maintenance. The conversion will reduce the electricity bills to ₹1.8 crore and the maintenance cost to nearly ₹22 lakh per year.

Recently, based on complaints, the vice chairperson had also ordered an inquiry into the non functional streetlights in GDA’s jurisdiction area. As per the official assessment, out of 1,026 street lights in different residential sectors of Indirapuram, 63 were found defunct. In Madhuban Bapudham area, 157 out of 1,051 streetlights were found defunct. The assessment for Indirapuram, Koyal Enclave, Raj Nagar Extension and Tulsi Niketan among others was also taken up

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 22:31 IST