Manpreet to kickstart LED project in Bathinda today

Manpreet to kickstart LED project in Bathinda today

Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab. File photo

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, August 14

The city roads here are all set to be illuminated with LED lights as Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal would start the project at the local Fire Brigade chowk on Independence Day.

Under this project, 23,254 LED streetlights will be set up in the city at an estimated cost of Rs 16 crore, which also includes the cost of operation and maintenance work for eight years.

The LED lights would have SIM cards to provide real-time information about the functioning of lights, for which a dedicated monitoring room would also be set up. A faulty streetlight would show in the monitor room, resulting in early resolution of the problem.

Pertinently, the project has been hanging fire for the past many years. Earlier, in February last year, a tender was floated but in the pre-bid, many bidders demanded a change in the tender norms. Later, it was delayed due to the model code of conduct for the General Elections.

MCB Commissioner Bikramjit Singh Shergill said: “The LED streetlights will save 57 per cent electricity bill of the MC and will also enhance the beauty of the city”. Besides, the MC would also install pop up sprinkling system at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore in various parks of the city, Shergill added.

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