17 May 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has undertaken a survey by 14 teams of electrical contractors assisted by four assistant engineers/junior engineers and eight technicians from BMC Engineering Wing to restore the streetlights to the pre-cyclone condition, probably by Monday.
Currently the city has approximately 60,000 LED street lights and approximately 50,000 streetlight poles (including CESU poles). While 40,000 poles are with single street light, 10,000 median poles for streetlights are with double lights (a single pole holding two lights on two sides).
However, while BMC has its own 15,000 street light poles in the city, other street lights are mounted on poles of Central Electricity Supply Utility, the power distribution company for the central Odisha districts.
The civic body is hopeful that the pre-cyclone condition of the streetlights could be achieved by Monday. Four electrical engineers from an outside agency have also been deployed for the street light restoration work.
It can be mentioned here that the very severe cyclonic storm Fani, with a wind speed of more than 200 kmph on May 3 devastated the entire city and with uprooting of more than 50 percent of trees and severe damage to over 70 percent of the green cover, the adjacent streetlight network and the poles also got affected.
"The exact figure of the poles damaged and the loss to the streetlights will be known once the 14 teams will submit their report this evening. Once the report is placed, we will engage two private players associated with BMC in the LED street lighting fitting work across the city, so that the damaged lights will be in place on war footing, most probably by Monday," said a senior BMC engineer.
However, a preliminary report suggests that out of 60,000 LED street lights nearly 70 percent are intact. Less than 1,500 poles might be damaged during the natural calamity.
It can be mentioned here that the Temple City has revolutionised the concept of street lighting with LED lights and others are following it after that. Not only it helps in giving adequate quality light, but the civic body has also been able to save a good fortune as the sodium vapour lights were consuming more power.