UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: PIB Summary and Analysis - June 05

Government to implement India’s first Rural LED Street Lighting Project in 
Andhra Pradesh
  • Will be implemented through the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  • There would be retrofitting 10 lakh conventional street lights with LED lights in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in Andhra Pradesh -Guntur, Prakasham, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Ananthapur and Chittoor – in the first phase. EESL would be carrying out the entire annual maintenance and warranty replacement in these gram panchayats for a period of 10 years.
  • So far this is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP)
  • This drive in rural areas will help the gram panchayats to cumulatively save approximately 147 million units of electricity annually and lead to reduction of 12 crore tonnes of CO2
  • The initial capital for this project is being funded by French Development Agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Nationally, over 23 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced by LED street lights in 21 States of India. Under Street Light National Programme (SLNP), the government aims at replacement of 1.34 crore conventional street lights across the country

 

World Environment Day 2017 
  • The theme of this year’s World Environment Day 2017 is ‘Connecting People to Nature’
  • World Environment Day on 05 Jun 2017 marks three years of the launch of Green Initiatives Drive of Indian Navy
  • About World Environment Day
    • Falls on 5th June of every year as per declaration made by UN in 1972
    • It is the principal tool of UN for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment
    • This year’s host country is Canada

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