PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has detected thefts from 80 of its street light poles in the city. The civic body received the theft details from the new centralised wireless control street lights system, which has been set up under the Smart Street Lighting Project (SSLP).
Among the 15 ward offices, maximum of 10 power thefts occurred in Kothrud-Bavdhan area, followed by Kasba-Vishrambaug Wada with nine cases.
Most of the culprits in these cases are roadside vendors.
The Kondhwa-Yewalewadi ward office has a mere power theft case within its jurisdiction.
Earlier, the civic body had no mechanism to identify power thefts occuring in the city.
This has been made possible through the Smart Street Lighting Project.
The Smart Street Lighting Project being run under public-private partnership (PPP) includes replacement of over 80,000 conventional street lights with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights and existing manual feeder panels to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-based energy monitor and control panels.
SCADA is a control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management.
The command control centre is located on Sinhagad Road, from where the system is being monitored. The system sends immediate fault notification, eliminates day burner, monitors the performance of new features, has a faster organised response to failure, reduces night maintenance inspections, makes quality energy savings and detects power thefts.
Executive Engineer PMC Electrical Department Ramdas Taru said, “We have completed the project. Street lights are controlled through a central command system. We have found that there are around 80 street poles from where people are stealing power. With the help of the SCADA system, we found that there is excessive use of electricity than normal. We identified those spots and started disconnecting those connections.”