Naya Raipur to be country’s first city with LED street lights

Going green with its action plans, Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) is launching India’s first ever LED street lighting project across the entire city of Naya Raipur.

Talking to TOI, Amit Kataria, CEO, NRDA said, “With nearly 2,000 LEDs, NRDA aims to illuminate a stretch of 74km of Naya Raipur road of which 450 units have already been installed in the first phase and more than 1,550 are scheduled under the second phase.”

Costing up to around Rs 31.7 crore, these LEDs would save up to 40% energy and hence reduce the electricity bill by 40%.

Interestingly, all the new street lights would be controlled through a GPRS control system via SMS and internet, which will be set automatically for dimming and brightening of LEDs as per the requirement, Yashwant Shiledar, chief executive engineer said.

Explaining further, he said, “For instance, during the peak hours between 7pm and 10pm street lights would brighten 100%. This would further be dimmed to 70% from 10pm to 12am, leading to less energy consumption. After 12 to sunrise, brightness would be reduced to 50%.”

He said there were many cities which have few patches and townships illuminated through LED street lights, but this is the first time in country that a city level project is coming up.

The street lights could be switched on and off with the help of GPRS system which would be monitored by an operating staff at the control room. This web based software will act as remote monitoring system, which alerts at the time of theft or while voltage faults take place.

Daily information about voltage, current power supply will be maintained. However, with the setting of astronomical clock, LED street lights will be switched on after sunset and will switch off with sunrise automatically. This will save more than 40% power energy.

Explaining about the electricity consumption bill, Yashwant said that while on one side the costing reaches to Rs 1,33,312 with sodium vapour lamps, the cost would plunge to Rs 79,430, hence saving up to Rs 53,882 every month.

The project is scheduled to complete by April.

All the other feeder pillars and sodium vapour lamps of yellow lights will also be taken under the GPRS control system in the next few days and would help save more cost.