Provision of Street lighting is one of the important basic functions of every local body. All the 14 Corporations (except Chennai) and 121 Municipalities in the State maintain 7.63 Lakh street lights. The maintenance of Street Lights consumes a sizeable portion of financial resources of the ULBs.
Many innovative initiatives like replacement of existing conventional lights by LED lights and other energy efficiency measures are being taken up continuously under various schemes. Totally 3,78,364 number of street lights of all categories are converted into LED lights at a cost of Rs.399.72 crore.
Special Infrastructure Programme
Roof Top Solar Energy
As per the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy 2012, the Government has set a target of achieving 3000MW of solar power capacity by harvesting solar energy potential in the State. This Policy envisages solar roof top system, solar water heating system, development of solar parks and so on. The total number of buildings owned by the ULBs were enumerated in order to erect roof top solar panels on them to produce electrical energy and use it for office requirement.
Roof top photo voltaic panels have been installed in 445 buildings of ULBs, from which 2198 kwh power is being generated.
Installation Solar roof top panel in 640 buildings to harvest 2.94 MW energy are taken up to for the year 2018-19 as a first phase in Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Vellore and Thanjavur Corporations under Smart City Mission.
Ground- Mounted Solar Panel System
The Ground-Mounted Solar Panel System is to be established at an estimated cost of Rs.116.85 Crore to harvest the 21.41 MW Solar Photo Voltaic Power in Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Thoothukudi, Tiruppur, Vellore & Salem Corporations. At Present 2 MW energy is harvested in Coimbatore Corporation.
Modern Gasifier Crematorium
Modern Gasifier Crematoriums are established in Urban Local Bodies to protect the environment and also to reduce the cremation time. The cremation can be performed efficiently during the rainy season also.
Out of the 135 ULBs, 98 ULBs were identified for construction of 116 modern gasifier crematoriums at a cost of Rs. 40.43 crore. Out of the 116 gasifier Crematoriums taken up, 101 has become operational and are maintained by NGOs / Philanthropic Organizations.
Modern Slaughter Houses
In order to facilitate Safe and Hygienic slaughtering of animals, to reduce water and air pollution, it has been decided to construct modern slaughter houses in ULBs. To promote the modernization of slaughter house and make them environment friendly and free from health hazards, during the last seven years, under Part – II scheme and Infra Gap Filling Funds, 39 Modern Slaughter houses were taken up are operational in 8 Corporations and 27 Municipalities at a cost of Rs. 11.58 crore.