GoI’s SLNP illuminates 50,000 KM of Indian roads
The Government of India’s (GoI’s) Street Lighting National programme (SLNP) has illuminated 50,000 KM of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country. With this milestone Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a government of India company under the administration of Ministry of Power, has become the world’s largest street light management company.
The installation of 30 lakh LED street lights has resulted in 39 crore kWh of annual energy savings, avoided capacity of over 104.19 MW to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Further it has also helped in reduction of 3.29 lakh tonnes of CO2 annually.
Under SLNP, Rajasthan is leading the country with an installation of 7.85 lakh LED street lights followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat with 6.03 lakhs and 5.4 lakhs respectively. Presently, EESL is retrofitting 15,000 conventional lights with LED street lights every day. Project is near completion in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Tripura and Gujarat. EESL is also implementing a special heritage lighting project in Kashi region of Uttar Pradesh where 4,000 lights are being installed. The programme has also recently commenced in the cities of Chandigarh and Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, said, “I am delighted that the Street Lighting National Programme has been widely accepted by the ULBs and the consumers, which has helped us in reaching this milestone. The bright lights have led to safer roads for both the pedestrians and motorists along with helping the ULBs to save energy and mange peak demand. We have committed to install 30 lakh LED street lights this fiscal and I am positive that we will achieve it before our stipulated time.”