Centre to miss Street lighting programme target

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 03, 2019 Published on January 03, 2019

Over 76.77 lakh LED street lights in 28 States or Union Territories have been installed till date. File Photo   -  The Hindu

The target is to to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED street lights by March 2019

The Centre is likely to miss the goals it had set under the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) when it was launched on January 5, 2015.

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and Renewable Energy, R K Singh said that Energy Efficiency Services Limited has installed over 76.77 lakh LED street lights in 28 States or Union Territories till January 3, 2019. But, the target under SLNP is to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED street lights by March 2019. This goal is likely to be missed as a little over just half has been attained till now.

Singh said that SLNP has not been implemented so far in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya and Union Territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep. The program is to be implemented by the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). According to Singh, “As on date, it is implemented in all ULBs of 13 States and 1 Union Territory and partially in 11 other states and 3 UTs.”

“Till date, total 1,492 ULBs have signed the implementation agreement with EESL for replacement of conventional street lights with LED street lights. Out of these ULBs, installation work in 712 ULBs has been completed,” Singh added.

Singh said that the Ministry of Power and EESL have been engaging with State governments to speed up the implementation of the programme.

Published on January 03, 2019

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