Punjab Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu today inaugurated the Smart Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s) streetlights project for the city. After inaugurating this project in the presence of Mayor Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, Councillor Mrs Mamta Ashu and others, Mr Bharat Bhushan Ashu said that the new smart LED streetlights would be more energy efficient and would help in saving electricity expenditure to a large extent.He informed that the primary objective of this project is replacement/retrofit of existing street lighting luminaries and related infrastructure with energy efficient LED based street lighting luminaries. He informed that the total project would cost around Rs 44.38 crore.
Ravneet Singh Bittu stated that the project will be implemented in a shared savings model under which the Energy Service Company (ESCO) will make their own investment, implement and operate the project for contract duration of around 8 years, including the installation period. The proportion of energy saving sharing (monetary value of savings) between ESCO and the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana would be 85:15.He further said that the implementation of this project would not only improve the service levels of street lighting in city but would also provide financial benefits to the civic body.Mayor Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu informed that the project would include replacement of existing luminaries with LED luminaries and installation of Centralised Control & Monitoring System (CCMS) and operation and maintenance of the installed luminaries and the CCMS.MC Councillor Mrs Mamta Ashu informed that this project would have many other social benefits such as reduced accidents and traffic hazards, enhanced safety of residents during early morning and late night hours.