CHANDIGARH, September 11:
Patiala Development Authority (PDA) has allotted the work of replacement of conventional street lights with LED lights in its various projects. The work is proposed to be completed by November, 2019 and the estimated cost of the project is Rs. 1.20 crore. The scope of work includes running maintenance of these street light points for a period of 5 years.
It is worth mentioning that replacement of old conventional lights with LED lights is another energy saving initiative taken by PDA, as recently, the Authority had got installed an On-Grid Solar Power Plant System having capacity of 90 KW on the roof top of the Authority’s building at Urban Estate, Phase-2, Patiala.
An official spokesperson of the Housing & Urban Development Department said that the department is trying to make use of cheaper modern day technology in every sphere. Installation of LED lights, where on one hand would lead to energy saving, it would also bring down the number of road mishaps on the other hand as the LED lights improve visibility on the roads. Besides, PDA would also save on account of electricity expenses as the LED lights consume less electricity compared to the presently installed halide, sodium and CFL lights, said the spokesperson.
Giving further information, Ms. Surabhi Malik, Chief Administrator, Patiala Development Authority stated that the tender for replacement of earlier fitted street lights with LED lights in Urban Estate, Phase-I, II & III, PRTC Workshop, Sirhind Road, Patiala has been allotted. Under the current arrangement, where approximately 10 lakhs units of electricity are consumed every year, the annual consumption would come down to approximately 5.30 lakhs units after installation of LED lights. With this, the annual expenditure being incurred on electricity would be almost half of what the Authority is spending presently, she said. Assuming the office working to be 10 hours per day and considering the electricity rate at Rs. 8/- per unit, PDA would save approximately Rs. 38.00 lac per annum, said the Chief Administrator.