Patna, Sep 15 (PTI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said that traditional bulbs illuminating street lights will be replaced by LED lights in all the municipal bodies of the state.

All street lights being illuminated by traditional bulbs will be replaced with LED bulbs under ‘street light national programme’, Sushil Modi said.

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a PSU under the Ministry of Power, has been nominated as agency to execute the work in the state, the deputy chief minister said adding that the state government would soon enter into agreement with EESL after getting cabinet nod in this regard.

He chaired a meeting convened to discuss the issue, which was attended by Urban Development and Housing Minister Suresh Kumar Sharma, Patna Municipal Corporation Commissioner Abhishek Singh and representatives of EESL and others.

The decision has been taken in view of the Centre’s decision to conserve energy as part of ‘street light national programme’ which was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Central Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) will control the entire functioning of the power supply to the street lights, he said adding that this will not only help in power pilferage and ensure proper metering but would also be operated through remote switch to get the lights on and off at a particular time.

The installation of LED lights on streets of municipal corporations of the state will be carried out in three phases, he said.

In the first phase, the street lights with traditional bulbs will be replaced by the LED lights while in the second phase, LEDs will be installed where electric poles exist but there is no street light and in third phase, poles will be installed with LED lights at places where there is no lighting, the minister said.

The provisions of the agreement would also incorporate that agency (EESL) will be penalised at the rate of Rs 25 per day per pole if the agency does not repair or replace the LED light within 72 hours.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.