India’s Power Minister Piyash Goyal announced the country implemented the largest streetlight replacement project in the in capital south Delhi, reported The Economic Times.
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) converted 200,000 conventional streetlights with LEDs during first phase of the project, and in the second phase will replace an additional 75,000 streetlights.
The local authorities prioritized installation of LED lights in parks, dark spots and high mast lights.
A special Street Lighting National Program (SLNP) app also was launched by Goyal to offer immediate solution to faulty streetlight complaints.
The streetlight upgrade project falls under the SLNP initiative, and is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), arm of the Ministry of Power. The lighting project is estimated to cut 61 million units of electricity per year, and reduce energy consumption by 54%.
The SLNP program has been rolled out in 14 states including Delhi.
“Out of the 1.54 million streetlights being replaced with LEDs in the country, Delhi has exhibited an excellent performance by replacing 200,000 streetlights with LED lights in the shortest possible time,” he said.
The Indian capital has exceeded its target of cutting streetlight expenditures by 50% as required by the SLNP launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan. 5, 2015, he added.
SDMC commissioner Punit Goel noted the eco-friendly LEDs can help slash carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere by 44,000 tonnes annually.