Hon’ble Minister of Power, Shri Piyush Goyal today dedicated the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) currently running in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to the Nation at an event held at the Safdarjung Development Area (SDA) park areatoday. Shri Goyal also launched the SLNP mobile app, wherein users can now lodge complaints about faulty street lights. The app is called EESL SL Complaint App for SDMCand can be downloaded from Google Store. Complaints can be registered on the mobile application. These complaints will be addressed to within a period of 48 hours. Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India is the nodal agency for implementation of this programme.
SLNP is the world’s largest street light replacement programme, as close to 14.8 lakh streetlights have already been replaced nationally, with SDMC alone accounting for over 2 Lakh replacements. The cumulative annual energy savings in SDMC through this programme is 2.65 crore kWh which has helped to avoid capacity addition of 6.6 MW, resulting in a daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Additionally in Delhi, under Phase II of the street lighting programme, EESL has signed a tripartite agreement with BSES and SDMC to install 75,000 more street lights with more focus on installation in parks.
Addressing the people of the country upon this achievement, Shri Piyush Goyal said, “I feel pride in dedicating the ambitious and visionary SLNP to the people of this nation. Our government is committed to replacing all the conventional streetlights in India to ensure a truly energy efficient country.”
In the SDMC Project, EESL is addressing complaints from various sources - registered from BSES helpline, night patrolling team by EESL, mails, social media and other sources including Ward Councillors. Additionally EESL is putting stringent complaint redressal mechanism and Centralised Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) to enable remote operation and monitoring of the street lights. CCMS provides real time information on energy consumption and remote monitoring of the street lights. Complaints can also be registered on the mobile application and these complaints are redressed withina period of 48 hours. Consumers can also WhatsApp on the helpline numbers 7827999111/ 7827999222 or they can send their complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL said, “EESL is proud to partner the government’s mission in making India a world leader in energy efficiency. The fact that SLNP is the world’s largest street lighting project reinforces the belief of our partners as well as the citizens in our initiatives. We are bringing in more municipalities across the country under this programme, as well as strengthening our grievance redressal system through multiple channels like the user-friendly mobile app, WhatsApp numbers, a dedicated email ID and mobile vans.”
A social audit of about 4,500 people was conducted by an independent third party agency in the SDMC area which showcased that at an average 99.5% people feel that the LED street lights have contributed in enhancing the security of the vulnerable groups during nights. About98.2% people are satisfied with the lighting levels from the new LED street lights. About 99% of the people responded that the new installations are more comfortable, 99.75% of the people are happy that the intensity & the brightness of the LED street lights is better than the earlier street lights. The SLNP programme is presently running in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. A total of 15.36 lakh LED street lights has already been replaced in the country which is resulting in an annual energy savings of 20.35 crore kWh, avoid capacity of 50.71 MW and reducing 1.68 lakh t of CO2.