All traffic signals in NOIDA city, a part if National Capital Region (NCR) will run on solar power in a fortnight. Noida Authority and the district traffic police have decided on this as an addition to the current 38 signals powered by solar energy of the total 79 signals.
The decision was taken in the Authority’s board meeting after being proposed about five years back. Around 25 traffic signals maintained by the Authority were powered by solar energy at that time and the decision was taken after the massive grid failure late last month to ensure a “100 percent power back-up arrangement.”
“Frequent power disruption in Noida often leads to non-functioning of traffic signals at various intersections causing inconvenience to both commuters as well as the traffic police. Once all signals are run by solar energy, this problem will be solved,” Sanjiv Saran, CEO, Noida Authority said.
The cost of converting a traffic signal to solar power is between Rs12 lakh to Rs15 lakh, much more than the cost of installing a regular traffic signal. However, in the long run, installing solar panels would facilitate significant savings on energy consumption and costs. “These are easy to maintain and eventually they turn out to be more economical,” Saran said.