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JMC turns to solar lights to save electricity


Jaipur : The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) is on a new mission to reduce electricity consumption in the city.

Having decided not to install sodium lights in colonies or on streets, the JMC is now going in for energy saving tube lights.

Solar powered energy devices would be installed in parks for lighting purposes, JMC officials told IANS here Thursday.

“Solar timers would be used in different areas, which would control and monitor the functioning of streetlights”, said officials.

The timers would switch the streetlights on at nights and put them off in the morning automatically.

“The civic authority, which pays around Rs.150 million every year towards electricity consumption, hopes to bring it down by at least Rs.40-50 million per year by implementing the new plan”, officials said.

The JMC has also decided to set up a special sewage treatment plant, to be called Jaipur Sewage Treatment Project Phase II, in Pratap Nagar area of Jaipur, aimed at generating 8000 units of electricity. The plant would generate power using solid waste and sewage water.

The initiative would be funded by Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

JMC would generate power through sewage water by moving the shaft of the plant. Besides generating electricity, the plant would also purify the sewage water for non-kitchen purposes.

“The sewage and solid waste that has been a headache for the civil bodies would now be used to generate electricity. A part of the electric power generated from the plant would be used for electrifying the street lights,” said a senior JMC official.

The project would generate 8000 electric unit per day and the plant would have 60-80 per cent efficiency level.

The project is expected to come up by the end of the year 2008 and the JMC has already received bids for the project, he added.