GUNTUR: Energy saving measures and LED bulb installations have ensured reduced power bills for the Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC). With 90 per cent of the LED bulb installation project completed, the GMC has managed to save 15 per cent of the usual energy consumption, which translates to `15 lakh per month.
Buoyed officials now want to take energy saving to 60 per cent in the next three years. According to the GMC records, there are 25,008 electricity poles in the city. The GMC power bill is around `65 lakh per month. Thanks to the LED bulbs, the bills have come down. So far 24000 LED bulbs have been fixed by EECL, which bagged the contract. The GMC is planning to install another 5000 LED bulbs in the 10 villages that have been newly merged into the GMC.
The GMC is installing 20 volts, 70 volts, 90 volts, 135 volts and 170 volts LED bults for core centers, junctions, prime localities, internal areas and 52 divisions respectively. They will replace normal bulbs of 40 volts, 60 and 100 voltage.
Major centers like Municipal Market Centre, NTR Central Bus Stand, Sankar Vilas, Ambedkar Centre, Brundavan Garden, Brundavan Gardens, Koritapadu, Outer Ring Road, Auto Nagar Road, Nallapadu Road centers, which till recently had 130 to 170 volt bulbs, now have LED bulbs. The officials are setting up automatic on — off boxes at identified junctions. Already 700 such switch boxes have been installed and the remaining boxes would be fixed within a month. The information about the status of LED installation would be available on the CM Dash Board.