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More streetlights to brighten up city

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The New Indian Express            01.10.2013  

More streetlights to brighten up city

Areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, which have been identified with poor or inadequate lighting, will be the key beneficiaries of the plan. | EPS
Areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, which have been identified with poor or inadequate lighting, will be the key beneficiaries of the plan. | EPS

In  a move to upgrade the quality and increase the number of street lights in several areas of the city, the Corporation recently passed a resolution approving a plan to install new LED lights at a cost of `300 crore.

In its monthly council meeting, the Corporation approved a plan to install 1.1 lakh street lights at various neighbourhoods, where there have been complaints of poor lighting.

Areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, which have been identified with poor or inadequate lighting, will be the key beneficiaries of the plan.

Alandur, which is a fairly recent addition to the Corporation, will receive major upgrades as per the plan. The Corporation,  as of now, operates a total of 2,14,008 street lights in the city limits but the concentration of these lights in areas located on the fringes is fairly poor.

The resolution also promises hope for areas where there is a problem of faulty lighting. “Interior roads in Valasaravakkam and Porur do have adequate number of streetlights but the problem is with the maintenance. A fair proportion of street lights here are not functional and are in desperate need of an upgrade,” says Bhaskar, a resident of Valasaravakkam.

While the effort has been well lauded by residents of several areas, there is also widespread skepticism regarding its implementation. Pankaj Menon, a resident of Nanganallur says, “There have been one too many hollow promises about the lighting problem in our area from the local authorities. However, since a formal resolution has been passed by the Corporation, we can hope for some respite.”

 

World Bank to pool in for streetlights in Chennai

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The Hindu            01.10.2013

World Bank to pool in for streetlights in Chennai

The project is expected to benefit 93 wards —Photo: M. Karunakaran
The project is expected to benefit 93 wards —Photo: M. Karunakaran

A majority of Chennai city’s LED lights will now be commissioned with the aid of World Bank through the Tamil Nadu Urban Development Fund III.

The Chennai Corporation council will pass a resolution on Saturday towards the commissioning of 34,425 LED streetlights at an estimated cost of Rs. 94.48 crore. A loan of Rs. 64.14 crore, a subsidy of Rs.18.90 crore and Corporation funds of Rs. 9.44 crore will be used for lighting up zones such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, sources said. Work in some areas has already been taken up.

The project is expected to improve streetlighting in 93 wards.

These neighbourhoods have only 83,807 streetlights, including 49,420 tubelights, most of which are non-functional. Added zones such as Ambattur and Valasaravakkam will get a significant number of the new LED streetlights.

Last year, based on a survey carried out after the merger of new areas with the Corporation, it was estimated over 1.1 lakh new streetlights were required and the civic body decided to use LED fittings.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had announced in April that the Rs. 321.79-crore project would be completed in two years.

The Corporation had first decided to install 55,000 LED streetlights by March 31, 2014. However, it is likely to commission only 48,034 of the streetlights with available funds, sources said.

By the end of November, 13,609 of the streetlights are expected to be installed.

The Corporation issued work orders for these 40-watt streetlights a month ago and has commissioned them in some areas.

Work on fitting 2,000 of the streetlights in some wards has been completed.

After commissioning the LED lights, the civic body will put in place an automated control system for monitoring them.

A few companies have commenced a pilot study in areas such as Besant Nagar for the system, which will facilitate immediate action for restoration of non-functional lights.

According to sources, funds amounting to Rs. 177 crore will be required for the next phase of installing 62,021 of the LED fittings, which will be completed in March 2015.

 

Automatic streetlights to debut on city roads next week

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The Hindu               17.08.2013

Automatic streetlights to debut on city roads next week

lights onAs part of a pilot study, neighbourhoods in Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and Velachery will get a range of automated systems next week—Photo: M. Vedhan
lights onAs part of a pilot study, neighbourhoods in Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and Velachery will get a range of automated systems next week—Photo: M. Vedhan

Starting next week, streetlights on city roads will switch on and off automatically, at the right time — a technology that the civic body plans to adopt if found effective.

Taking another step towards automated street lighting, the civic body will conduct a pilot study over 10 days.

Seven companies including those from Japan will commission automated streetlight monitoring systems across the city.

The Chennai Corporation will study each of the models and identify a suitable technology that can be put in place for automated control of streetlights.

The seven companies submitted proposals after the Corporation called for an expression of interest of the pilot study in May. Eight neighbourhoods in areas such as Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and Velachery will get a range of automated systems next week.

The system, once implemented, will facilitate updating of data on functioning of streetlights and immediate remedial action towards restoration of lights that fail to switch on. The civic body maintains 2.13 lakh streetlights, of which over 3 per cent are ‘not functioning’.

As many as 4,569 individual streetlight fittings in locations including Chintadripet, Ashok Nagar, Velachery and Adyar have already been identified for the pilot project.

The Corporation will receive 1.1 lakh LED fittings to replace old streetlights in eight zones next month. The civic body has opted for LED lights as they last five times longer than sodium vapour lamps.

The initiative is expected to bring down energy consumption to one-third of existing levels. The streetlights will be centrally monitored through a web page in real time after the system is implemented this year. The system will facilitate quick action to restore defects in streetlights.

 


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