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Indian civic body to use GIS to save energy

India: It’s used to tag endangered animals and trees, but now the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to use GIS tags for streetlights in four wards of the city.

The reason behind this, authorities say, is to avoid the misuse of material used to repair the lamp posts, keep a check on the quality of work and will give them the exact locations of the streetlights.

As per the statistics of the PMC’s electrical department, there are almost 1.25 lakh streetlights across the city. For starters, every post in the wards of Zone 1 will get a separate identification number and PMC claims it is the first civic body that is implementing the GIS system for streetlights.

Zone-1 comprises Ghole Road, Aundh, Warje and Kothrud ward offices. There are total 30,000 poles in this zone. The Standing Committee has allotted Rs 80 lakh for the pilot project. PMC’s zonal commissioner Vijay Dahibhate said, “PMC spends nearly Rs 36 crore on electricity consumed by streetlights each year.

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Limited (MSEDCL) frequently increases electricity charges and so we have to take necessary steps to save energy. We have decided to compile information of the streetlights and their inventory in one system, so it can be monitored closely.”

Shrikrishna Choudhari, executive engineer of the electrical department, said, “We have started primary work to number the lamp posts in Zone-1. We are giving each an identification code.

The ID number plate has been clamped onto each streetlight. After the numbering process is completed, we will make a base map of lamp posts and link it to the GIS. It will then give the exact location of the lamp posts on each road, what type of lamp post it is, the details of the maintenance work required and material inventory detail.

Work will be completed within four months after which the system will be implemented across the city.”

Source: Pune Mirror