J.N. Bhavani Prasad, retired Chief Engineer, Central Public Works Department, Bangalore, suggested initiatives to make street-lighting more energy efficient and pedestrian friendly after observing several drawbacks in street-lighting system in Mysore.

Delivering a techical talk on ‘Public lighting with focus on lighting for pedestrians’ at the Institution of Engineers, Mysore centre, on JLB Road here on Friday, he pointed out that proper lighting of streets in any city promotes a feeling of security and well-being among the residents, while in the case of exactly opposite, it helps crime.

Speaking on the projects taken up under JNNURM, he complained that "Footpaths have been shortened to widen the roads. At some places drain works have been incomplete. Taking a walk is a nightmare for pedestrians."

Stating that street-lights tend to be only for the benefit of vehicles, the retired engineer said that the design should be revamped so as to illuminate the footpaths, while taking steps to ensure that public lighting does not hide the heritage buildings of the city. He added that lowering the height of the poles, using low energy-consuming lights with longer efficiency can benefit the pedestrians and also the beautification of the city.

Referring to the high wastage of energy at fly-overs which are extensively lit, the expert advised to take example from the lighting of Gemini flyover in Chennai, where edge lighting using Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and LED flashes in the centre of the road, provides ample flex for unhindered traffic movement. He said that higher level street lights are necessary at pedestrian crossings and curves while integrating streetlights with compound walls or with road edges to provide efficient lighting.

He said that extensive street-lighting with high mast poles often prevented tourists from enjoying the architecture of heritage buildings. “Buildings should be lit enough to spill over to the street, which will not only prove beneficial for pedestrians, but also make the buildings more appealing,” he said.

IE Chairman Dr. T. Ananthapadmanabha presided.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore