KOLHAPUR: In the next six months, all city street lights will be replaced with LED lights. Work of installing the LED lights on existing poles is underway in two wards on an experimental basis.
This work is being carried out by an agency recommended by the state government. LED lights will bring down electricity bills for KMC. Corporators in the standing committee meeting demanded that work of installing LED lights in two wards has not yet been completed; they said they need proof that electricity bills are indeed reduced before the experiment is replicated in other wards.
Corporators in the meeting demanded that the LEDs should be bright enough and over 21,000 LED bulbs will be fitted.
Corporators raised the issue of inadequate doctors in clinics and physiotherapy centres run by KMC. Officials of the health department said KMC is going to recruit 15 new doctors and has sought approval from the state government to initiate recruitment. The government has sought details of the existing strength of doctors and if the demand is found to be genuine and affordable financially, it may give the nod for KMC to initiate the recruitment process.
Corporators also demanded that the gap between concrete and tar portions of roads developed under Kolhapur Integrated Road Development Project (KIRDP) be plugged, as these are causing problems to commuters and heightening the risk of accidents. Officials of the city engineer's department said work to bridge the gaps will be initiated soon.