Reducing carbon footprint: CDA replaces 2,100 conventional street lights with LEDs

Mayor says all street lights in capital would be replaced by energy-efficient lights in next three months


A technician explains the working of a LED streetlight to Mayor Ansar Aziz. PHOTO: WASEEM NAZIR/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The capital is set to get an overhaul of its street lighting structure with over 40,000 conventional streetlights to be replaced by energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights over the next three months.

In this regard, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has so far replaced 2,100 conventional streetlights in the capital with LEDs.

With work on the project progressing phase wise, Islamabad Mayor and CDA Chairman Sheikh Anser Aziz inspected installation of the LED lights on Constitution Avenue, Nazimuddin Road, Agha Khan Road, Faisal Avenue, Markaz F-6, Kohsar Road and other major roads of the capital on Sunday.

Aziz said that they would replace the 40,000 convention lights in the capital with LEDs over the next three months.

The mayor said that the installation of modern streetlights would not only help save energy, but would also considerably reduce expenditure incurred in their repair and maintenance.

He said once the conventional street lights are shifted to LED, they expect to save around a billion rupees. Further, he said that LED lights not only provide more light but were more durable as compared to conventional streetlights.

During the visit, Aziz was told that in the first phase of the project, 225 LED lights had been installed on Constitution Avenue, 60 on Khayaban-e-Suharwardy, 337 on Muree Road - from Faizabad to Rawal Chowk including Club Road, 29 in Sector G-5, 126 in F-7 Markaz, 41 on Kohsar Road, 251 on Faisal Avenue, 56 on Sector F-7, 56 on Khayaban-e-Iqbal, 100 in F-6 Markaz, 53 on Agha Khan Road while 161 LED lights have been installed on Nazimuddin Road.

Aziz promised that LED lights would be installed along all streets, roads and sectors of the city.

Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) Director General Electrical and Mechanical Wing Azeem Shah, Director Electrical and other senior officers of IMC and CDA also accompanied the Mayor during the visit.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2017.

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