Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has sped up the installation process of solar-powered street lamps along the major thoroughfares of the capital.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), after an agreement with NEA four years ago, had provided over a hundred-million rupees to install the lamps within nine months from the date of agreement.
Project Head and Deputy Manager at NEA Nutan Dev Bhattarai, said he is unaware of the reasons behind the delay in commencement of the installation-works. He added that after he was assigned the project task, the project has gained speed.
There are four routes along which the street lamps will be installed. The first route, on which the solar-powered street lamps will be installed, is via Airport, Tinkune, New Baneshwar, Maitighar, Thapathali, Tripureshwar, Kalimati to Soaltee Mod; the second around Tudikhel; the third via Maitighar, Singha Durbar, Padmodaya Mod (Putalisadak) to National City Hall; and the fourth at Tripureshwar-Jamal stretch.
640 poles will be installed according to the project- plan, the first round of which will be completed by the end of October.
The remaining poles will be installed in Kirtipur, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath area, Thimi and Bhaktapur, Bhattarai said.
Along the main road, 40-60 Watt street lights will be installed while 30-Watt lamps will be installed in the inner city areas.
The lamps with 10-years guarantees will gradually dim, after illuminating at a uniform level of brightness for six-hours.
A Chinese company, China Solar Light, will install the lamps powered by solar energy.
NEA will hand over the street lamps to Kathmandu Metropolitan City after completion of the installation process.