BMC is approximately 96.69% complete in replacing sodium vapor lighting with LED lighting in suburban sections of Mumbai. For this, the civic group paid Adani Electricity Rs.
BMC started the replacement process four years ago to save electricity following a central government mandate to install LED lighting on Mumbai streets.
The project started in stages.
Accordingly, the standing committee approved the 2018 proposal and started working in phases. Adani Electricity powers the eastern and western suburbs, BEST powers the city of Mumbai and MSEB powers the area from Kanjurmarg to Thane. Civic groups have engaged these companies to install LED lighting.
BMC paid only 10% of the amount at the beginning of each phase, and paid the rest after the work was completed. As of today, 84,754 streetlights in the western and eastern suburbs have been converted to LED lighting.
BMC has appointed a committee to implement the project.
To implement the project, BMC appointed a committee in 2018 chaired by an additional Commissioner (Eastern Suburbs) comprising the BEST General Manager, Chief Engineer of Reliance Energy and Mahavitaran, and Deputy Chief (Transportation) Engineer. As per the report, BMC has decided to use LED lighting for the streets.
However, after Marine Drive’s street lights were changed to LED, the High Court ordered civil groups to replace the white LED lights with yellow ones. BMC then replaced white LED lights along the entire Marine Drive running from Nariman Point to Walkeshwar.
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