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Web Exclusive | February 2013

Blore traffic police saves 1.73 cr via solar traffic signals

In Bangalore, adoption of solar energy for traffic signals has helped the city traffic police to save a whopping Rs 1.73 crore on energy bill. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) MA Saleem, said the traffic police paid a total of Rs 19.58 lakh to Bescom in 2012. The solar-powered traffic signals, installed since 2001, have helped the police a lot. Bangalore has solar-powered traffic signals at all busy junctions.

Bangalore has around 251 timers as energy consumed by solar-powered traffic signals has reduced drastically. There are over 343 regular signals and 42 pedestrian control signals, all of them with LED lights. Bharat Electronics (BEL), engaged in design, development and manufacture of electronic equipment, has been providing solar-run traffic signals in City.

The energy consumption of a conventional traffic signal is 2,150 watt, whereas solar-powered LED signal consumes just 150 watt. The solar-powered traffic signal operates for a total of 14 hours per day and for the remaining 10 hours, it is on blinking mode. During 2011- 2012, the traffic pollice had set up a total of 193 signals at various junctions.

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