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Govt mulls charging power consumers for streetlights

PANAJI: The government has proposed to take up the responsibility of paying bills of street lights, which are presently being paid by the respective village panchayat and municipal council, by charging additional 0.5 paisa per unit from domestic electricity consumers and 0.8 paisa per unit from commercial consumers.

Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Friday informed that he has already written letters to all 191 village panchayats and 14 municipal councils seeking their consent for the new proposal wherein the government intends to take the responsibility of paying bills of street lights from their areas.

“So far only 15 village panchayats have given their consent. Once I get consent from 50 per cent local bodies, I will announce the policy,” he said, adding that proposed hike in electricity charges by 0.5 paisa and 0.8 paisa per unit to domestic and commercial consumer respectively will not be much of a burden on the people.

Cabral further informed that the government has sanctioned Rs 37 crore for procuring LED street lights for the second phase which is

pending.

For phase I, the government had sanctioned Rs 99 crore for installation of LED street lights.

“Total requirement of LED street lights in the state is 2.15 lakh. In first phase, the government had procured 1.66 lakh LED street lights and now we require another 45,000 LED street lights to cover the remaining parts of the state,” he said.

The Power Minister also said that the proposal for procuring LED street lights to cover remaining parts of the state will be sent to Expenditure Finance Committee for approval.

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