In order to improve street illumination and reduce power consumption, the lighting department has planned to install 75,000 LED lights in place of the traditional sodium vapour lights in a significant portion of the Tollygunge-Jadavpur belt and those located off EM Bypass.
The KMC lighting department's MMiC, Sandip Ranjan Bakshi, claims that about half of the 3,00,000 street lights have already been upgraded to LEDs. The exercise resulted in annual savings of Rs. 50 crore. The department has chosen to change the complete street lighting system after being encouraged by the outcomes.
On Monday, Bakshi stated to have been receiving requests from KMC council members to use LED lights to brighten the streets under their control. "By 2025, we intend to replace the entire street lighting system with LEDs. Special funding for the project have been approved by the finance department, according to Bakshi.
At the KMC budget session, a number of council members spoke extensively on the city's street lighting system, highlighting the necessity of installing more LED lights in order to replace sodium vapour lamps. A Trinamool councilman from the Tollygunge neighbourhood named Arup Chakraborty asked Mayor Firhad Hakim to approve funding for the conversion of street lighting to LEDs. To better illuminate the streets and reduce energy costs, Chakraborty stated, "We need LED lights instead of sodium vapour in significant portions of the Tollygunge-Jadavpur belt."
All important thoroughfares were to have LED lights installed, according to the lighting department. "More than 60% of the key thoroughfares have been finished. A civic official stated, "Now we will work on roads in the new areas like Behala, Garden Reach, and the Tollygunge-Jadavpur belt. He continued by saying that the municipal organisation would get rid of decorative lights if LED lights were installed in city pockets.