Corporator wants all streetlights replaced
A corporator has seemingly submitted a proposal that may result in a huge amount of savings to the civic body
Sheetal Mhatre, corporator for R/North ward in Dahisar, has submitted a proposal to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation last week, asking that the sodium vapour lamps in the streetlights be replaced with LED lights, in the whole of Mumbai.
The proposal has been submitted in view of the road safety week that begins from today. According to Mhatre, the LED lamps can help reduce BMC’s electricity bill. They also provide better visibility at night, which may help reduce crime rates. With a more efficient lighting system, the CCTV cameras placed on the roads will also be able to capture all sorts of movement. There are about 1lakh streetlights in the city, whose maintenance is the responsibility of agencies that also provide power to the streetlights.
Mhatre, said, “I have been raising the issue of safety for a long time now. The BMC should pass the proposal soon, as it will save BMC’s money and will provide better visibility at night. Once BMC gives an approval, everything will be taken care of by the agencies.”
As per the norms, on a 30-feet road, there has to be a streetlight every 25 metres. A senior civic official, requesting anonymity, told MiD DAY, “The BMC pays Rs 130 crore every year for maintaining the 1 lakh streetlights in the city. LED lights will, indeed, help reduce the bill by 15 per cent. However, there are many people involved and it’s not the decision of an individual alone. Once the proposal is discussed, a decision will be made.” The proposal is set to be debated over in the next general body meeting.
Rs 22.5 crore
Amount saved by BMC if they switch to LED lights
Rs 130 crore
Amount BMC pays for upkeep of sodium vapour streetlights in the city