Expensive public illumination was put to an end on a street in Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu
A central street from the Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, has a new way of facing the dark: solar powered street lamps.
This big step for the Asian solar industry couldn’t have been possible without the collaboration between Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Durbarmarg Development Board (DDB). The chief of the Urban Development Committee from KMC announced that most of the construction is finished, meaning that poles with twin lights have already been installed.
KMC gave permission to DDB to put into action the project that will bring to the street of Durbarmarg not less than 30 solar street lamps, installed on both sides of the street.
“Right now we have planted the lamps just as dividers. We will also equip the foot lanes with additional lamps,” announced Rijal, chief at KMC.
To project is predicted to reach Rs 11.79 million and is possible due to a public-private partnership of KMC and the DDB. If this project reaches its goals, KMC is willing to bring a clean light to all main roads in the city.
“This is just a pilot project, and we are sure it will attract more local communities to solar powered lamps, considering the growing power crunch. This will be proposed in most of the four lanes within the Capital,” said Rijal.
The project was no easy to implement as in 2013 KMC asked for help from public and consumers committees for about 30% of the installation price but they got no support at all. Still, KMC got Rs 380 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The bank is going to supply with 600 light, and half of them will be under the jurisdiction of KMC.
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