Odisha launches UNNATI for street light national programme

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government’s Housing and Urban Development department, on Thursday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) for implementation of Street Light National Programme in all the state’s urban local bodies (ULBs).

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the energy efficient lighting initiative, UNNATI, in 107 ULBs in the state. During the launch here, he said the state government has decided to provide 100 per cent piped water supply in all wards and LED street lighting to all streets in all urban areas of the state.

The conventional lights in all the 107 urban local bodies would be replaced by energy-efficient LED lights within a year, stated the provisions of agreement.

The combined impact of the government’s initiatives could help the state achieve energy saving to the tune of 35.97 million units annually and a total cost saving of about Rs 26.97 crore per annum.

According to the agreement, the Housing and Urban Development department and EESL will invest nearly Rs 75 crore in the next one year for LED street lights in the state.

Moreover, EESL will take care of maintenance and monitoring of the project for a period of seven years.