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Kathmandu Metropolitan to light up with a smart light system

Kathmandu Metropolitan will soon start installing a smart light system to illuminate the city. The metro has collaborated with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) for the project. As per the plan, 2 thousand smart light systems will be installed on the main roads in Kathmandu.

Lalitpur, Mahalakshmi, and Budhanilkantha metropolitan cities are preparing to install digital lights inside the federal capital.

Ram Bahadur Thapa, director of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Public Construction Department, the city and NEA will both invest 60 percent and 40 percent respectively into the project that will fit high-quality smart lights in the city. 

NEA has also collaborated with Pokhara Metropolitan city to install high mast and smart lights in the tourist city.

Smart Light in Kathmandu will make the roads safer

The move comes to remedy the ever-existing issue of violence and accidents taking place in the streets due to the shortage of lights at nighttime. The smart light in Kathmandu will elevate the security of the people making it safer for people who would travel by themselves.

According to Sagar Gyawali, Head of the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Development Project of NEA, the authority will implement international quality smart lights with the financial support of the metropolis.

Currently, research and other prior studies are being carried out for the project. The city will issue a tender in the next few days.

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What is smart light?

The smart light is operated by software. It allows you to see how much it lit up and where. The power and operation data are stored on a server. The control room can operate the entire network of smart lights.

Reportedly, Kathmandu Metropolitan and NEA both will have control rooms to operate smart lights in Kathmandu. Turning it on and off can also be possible in this system.

Due to its electronic features, the duration of power consumption can be monitored. It is power efficient twice as normal lights too. They come with a 7-year warranty.

Each light gets a separate metering and communication system that will communicate its data to the server. The lights are designed as per the roads so as to make them fitting and aesthetic.

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The project is soon to start but remains in the pre-planning stage. Therefore, it is not confirmed from which country smart lights will be imported.

The smart light project will cost an estimated Rs 12.30 crore.

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