Hubballi: In a few days, the Hubballi-Dharwad twin cities will be illuminated with energy-efficient Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. The state government has given its approval for this ambitious project of the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation.
Mayor Iresh Anchatgeri has informed the media about the state government giving its administrative approval for this project.
These LED lights will be installed under the public-private partnership (PPP) model along with a centralised control and monitoring system (CCMS), and for this purpose, Rs 93.57 crore will be spent. Already, 18,000 conventional lights in the Twin Cities have been replaced with LED. And under this project, the remaining 46,000 traditional lights that are illuminating the city roads will be replaced, and as per the survey, there are 11,000 electrical poles in the city that do not have lights, and under this project, those empty poles will be fitted with the energy-efficient bulbs, said HDMC officials.
The HDMC spends approximately Rs 8 crore per year on street light maintenance; however, because the company that wins the tender for the installation of the lights must maintain the streetlights for seven years, the HDMC expects to save the amount in seven years.
Mayor Anchatgeri expressed his happiness about this project getting approval. He thanked the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mines, and Coal, Pralhad Joshi, and former CM Jagadish Shettar for their cooperation and their efforts.