Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will install 2,500 new streetlights in the Gujarat capital in the next three months.
The decision was taken during the Standing Committee meeting of the Corporation. The total project cost has been touted at Rs 10 crore. There are currently over 2 lakh streetlights in the city.
Currently, there are more than 2 lakh streetlights across the city. Additionally, the timing for switching on the streetlights has been increased, keeping the winter season in mind. Now, the lights will be turned on around 6 pm and will stay on until 7 am the next morning.
Chairman of the AMC Standing Committee, Dewang Dani said people who went for a morning walk stayed out late during winter, but at that time, they faced difficulties as the streetlights were switched off. Therefore, instructions had been given to adjust the streetlight on-off timer. So now the light would be switched on between 6 and 6:15 in the evening and kept on till 6:45 to 7 in the morning. Thus, streetlights will remain on for 13 hours during winter in the city.
“A total of 99 projects have been planned to install streetlights in areas where there are currently none. These projects will involve the installation of approximately 2,500 streetlights at a cost of Rs 10 crore, with more than 1,000 streetlights to be installed in the North West zone. New streetlights will be installed in these areas within the next 3 months,” he added.
In another decision, instructions were issued to lock water tanks in the city for security. Recently, during an inspection by corporation officials, an unlocked water tank was found. To prevent potential dangers and untoward incidents, all water tanks are now required to be locked, and verification has been instructed to ensure that the locks are continuously maintained.
It has also been decided in the meeting to provide land measuring machines to surveyors. The positions of surveyors in the corporation had been vacant for long, and recently 35 surveyors were recruited.
However, as these surveyors lack land surveying equipment, the Standing Committee decided to allocate machines to them. Accordingly, two machines will be allocated per zone, with a total of 14 machines on the cards.