To make Delhi safer for women, the Delhi government is likely to start installing new LED lights across the city within the next few days.
Civic agencies in the national capital will light up more than 1,000 dark spots in Delhi, with the Centre providing Rs 11 crore for the project aimed at strengthening women’s safety in the national capital, officials said on Friday.
“Such spots in the south, west, and north Delhi will soon be illuminated with new LED lights as Rs 11 crore has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in this regard,” they said.
The city government will also launch a web portal and mobile application to monitor the functioning of the lights and keep them in working condition by prompt maintenance, they said.
NGO Safetipin had in a survey across the city identified the dark spots. Most of these dark spots are located on roads and flyovers under the jurisdiction of erstwhile north and south Delhi municipal corporations. The project is expected to be executed in six months, officials added.
Sources said the new lights, under the “Mukhyamantri Street Light scheme,” would be the first to be installed in ares identified as “dark spots” mapped by Safetipin in its “Safety assessment report-2019.”
The Delhi cabinet had approved the proposal for a safety audit of the city by safetiPin in September last year. The survey of public spaces was conducted using two apps- My SafetiPin for crowd sourced data and SafetiPin Nite to collect night time pictures of the city. The factors of consideration in the survey were street lighting, presence of pedestrians around, condition of the footpaths, availability of public transport and how one feels at the place.
According to officials, the SafetiPin has recently submitted its detailed report to the government, which is currently being evaluated. Though a total of 21 lakh streetlights would come up across the city in the next few months, sources said about 1,000- 1500 dark spots- commercial and residential ares, markets, parks, internal roads- would be illuminated in first phase.
The lights, said officials, will be automatic and controlled remotely through cloud- based server. A sensor will turn on the light when it is dark and switch its off with the dawn. Incase of any fault, the sensor will send notification to the server and the field staff would be informed. No light will remain out of order for more than 48 hours.
The lights will be installed at the houses of the local residents. The price of the electricity consumed will be adjusted in the electricity bill.The project is likely to cost government about RS 100 crore. Officials said the number of streetlights in Delhi will do up from 7 lakh to 9.1 lakh under the scheme.