Solar light project receives Rs 60m

- GAURAV THAPA, Kathmandu
Solar light project receives Rs 60m

Aug 5, 2015-

In yet another ambitious project for the Capital this year, city authority has allocated Rs60 million for developing solar-powered street lighting systems in core and outer areas of the metropolis as a continuation the of city beautification programme.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City Chief Rudra Singh Tamang said the project has already been approved by Metropolis Council and will be carried out in coordination with Alternative Energy Promotion Centre and Nepal Electricity Authority.

Solar street lighting was first developed for the Capital as part of the city beautification campaign before the Saarc summit last year and the new project is aimed at making it more comprehensive. Apart from a few roads – Durbarmarg, Maitighar-Tinkune, sections of the Ring Road, among others – proper street lighting is close to non-existent in valley thoroughfares.

Chief of KMC’s Physical Development and Construction Department Uttar Kumar Regmi is heading the project. According to him, there are two models that KMC is working on – one being installing individual solar lamps along the streets like those in Maitighar-New Baneshwor section and the other being establishing an integrated solar power generation centre from where electricity would be supplied to street lamps around the city.

Under the first model, which Regmi believes to be more suitable for core areas of the city, poles equipped with solar panels and lamps will be erected along major roads at the cost of Rs140,000 each. Regmi said that these are marginally costlier alternatives but easier to install.

On the other hand, the second model is cheaper and easier to maintain due to economies of scale, Regmi said, however, loss of energy while transmitting electricity from power plants to poles means amplifiers need to be installed. KMC is also mulling involving locals in the new project by asking around 15 percent contribution on installation cost from them.

Solar-powered street lighting joins a host of other development programmes planned for Kathmandu for the current fiscal year. In line with government’s plan to develop Kathmandu as the central Capital in federal Nepal, KMC has also announced investments in public transportation, house pooling, parking lots, open space management, promotion of city greenery and upgradation of public parks.

KMC Chief Tamang accepted that the project is ambitious but said high-level discussions have been held on the matter and revealed that several domestic and international institutions have committed to invest. Regmi said that out of the total Rs60 million allocated for the project, half is dedicated for core city streets and the other half for outskirts. The project is in final phases of discussion and its process will begin by the end of August, he added.

Published: 06-08-2015 08:12

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