A total of 544 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) have entered into an implementation agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for replacement of streetlights with LEDstreetlights, till 3rd April, 2017. This was stated by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
The minister further stated that the target is to replace 3.5 crore conventional streetlights by LED streetlights, till March 2019. As on 3rd April 2017, over 19.67 lakh conventional streetlights have been replaced with LED streetlights. EESL is playing an important role as a catalyst in replacing the lights, while several other suppliers are also engaged in the same.
A proposal for replacement of conventional streetlights with LED streetlights has been submitted to the remaining states by EESL. In order to encourage states/UTs to join this programme, the Ministry of Power has also written to all the states/UTs requesting them to participate in this programme, the minister added.