Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has agreed to hire the services of a government-run organization to replace traditional streetlights in the federal capital with light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

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It claimed that these LED lights would cost 40% less to install than new LED lighting. Traditional sodium streetlights that use 250 watts will use 150 watts under the deal, while LED lights will have a 1,000-hour warranty. During a press conference, he stated that the CDA board would consider the subject at its meeting on Thursday.

“We plan to conduct this project in parts; in the first phase, 1,000 traditional lamps will be transformed,” he added, adding that all streetlights would be retrofitted afterwards.

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The CDA also plans to install a GSM-based monitoring and control system for streetlights for automatic on/off switching, according to the chairman. He went on to say that the civic agency will use a computerised technology to detect streetlight faults on a computer screen.

Mr Ahmed said recently his team shifted 25 tubewells in Poona Faqiran area to an automated system for ensuring uninterrupted water supply for I-9 and I-10 sectors and the results were outstanding.

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