GHMC resorts to desperate measures to curb electricity usage in the City due to power crisis.
In an effort to help the State government deal with the ongoing power crisis, the GHMC will be controlling the use of power for at least 15 days. It has ordered the ‘lit hoardings’ to turn off lights and reduced the timing for the usage of streetlights.
By reducing the permitted usage by at least two-hours during early mornings and evenings, the officials are hopeful of sharing the burden of the government in dealing with the ongoing power problem. There are around 3,300 hoardings under GHMC limits and among them 40 per cent are lit boards and kiosks. For street-lights, two hours reduction means, saving at least 17 per cent reduction in power utilisation. “There may be stray incidents of negligence, but we are closely watching how street lights are working within the GHMC limits. Even the hoardings are contributing to this,” said D Jayaraj Kennedy, additional commissioner (electricity and advertisement).
As per the directions of Mohammed Majid Hussain, mayor, MT Krishna Babu, GHMC commissioner, has instructed all advertising agencies within the corporation’s limits of GHMC, who have “lit hoardings”, not to illuminate the hoardings until further instructions. Violation of the instruction will be viewed seriously and action will be initiated against the violators.
The electrical wing will switch on the streetlights after 7pm and switch off the same before 5am, as it is not getting dark before 7pm. MT Krishna Babu opined that the strict maintenance of street lighting between 7pm to 5am can save the power consumption for 2-3 hours a day.
GHMC is utilising 20 million units of electricity per month for maintenance of streetlights, water supply to peripheral areas and for other purposes. According to the officials, the corporation is planning to conserve between 20 to 25 per cent of electricity usage by taking up these measures amounting to five million units per month.
As a part of the conservation efforts, the commissioner directed officials to conserve power in their offices.
For long-term efforts, GHMC is planning to replace all the electrical equipment with LED and CFL lamps. It was decided to use LED lighting for streetlights at all important roads. But it was delayed due to court cases.