The History of Electrical Department dates back to 1910. Until then, lighting of the City was done by oil lights. The street lamps were first introduced in 1785. Till 1857 there were only 200 oil light lamps. By the year 1910, there were 6500 oil lights. Electric street lighting was introduced for the first time, during 1910. The improvement of lighting on this account was so marked that the number of electric lights gradually increased till the year 1924-25, where all the lights were completely by electric lights.
The Electrical Department is mainly responsible for installation and maintenance of street lights and all electrical installations in Greater Chennai Corporation buildings, Schools, Amma Unavagam, Hospitals, Parks, Playgrounds and burial grounds. The maintenance of streetlights can be broadly classified in two categories (viz.) underground cables & Lights.
The Greater Chennai Corporation is now maintaining 2,86,558 numbers of street lights which are 100 % energy saving LED lights. 426 nos. of High Mast lights have been installed in places of Public gathering and important junctions maintained by Greater Chennai Corporation.
In Greater Chennai Corporation, all the 7077nos of street light feeder pillar boxes are monitored by Remote Group Monitoring System. This enables to remotely switch ON/OFF the streetlights in real time. Alerts regarding non-burning of street lights is sent to the concerned engineers by receiving SMS from the system. This will enable to address the non-burning of street lights at quicker pace.
The Energy consumption towards burning of street lights is 19 MW. Before conversion to LED, GCC were paying 6 Crores per month as current consumption charges, after conversion of LED, The total consumption charge reduced to Rs.3.5 Crores per month, In view of these Rs.2.5 crores per month and Rs.30 crores per year current consumption charges is saved.
Wireless sets have been provided to all Zonal Offices, field level officials and the vehicles of Zonal Officers and other higher officers for easy communication in performing daily civic routine works of Greater Chennai Corporation. This is also useful during natural calamities, fire accidents and elections. In case of fire accidents occurring during night, temporary lights arrangements at the accident site and other emergency works are carried out by the night maintenance squad. 18 mobile high mast vehicles are being kept ready for these emergency works.
Solar Roof Top Plants have been installed in 60 Greater Chennai Corporation owned buildings with a capacity generation of 175Kwp. Besides, in 662 Greater Chennai Corporation buildings Solar Roof Top plants with 3.064Mwp capacity have been installed under the Chennai Smart City Scheme. Due to this, Rs.3 crore per year is being saved towards current consumption charges.
|1||Superintending Engineer/ Electrical||9445190739|
|2||Divisional Electrical Engineer/ Head Quarters||9445190751|
|3||Divisional Electrical Engineer/North (Zone 1 to 5)||9445190753|
|4||Divisional Electrical Engineer/Central (Zone 6 to 10)||9445190754|
|5||Divisional Electrical Engineer/South (Zone 11 to 15)||9445190752|
|S.No||Zone No||Zone AEE Mobile No.|
In order to improve the intensity of light, various steps are being taken by Greater Chennai Corporation
|1||Superintending Engineer/ electrical||Superintending Engineer/ Electrical is the head of the department and is responsible for all the activities of the department.|
|2||Divisional Electrical Engineer||Responsible for monitoring capital and Maintenance works and to assist Zonal AEE’s coming under their control.|
|3||Assistant Executive Engineer||Responsible for initiating and executing capital and maintenance works related to street lights and Electrification of Corporation building, Parks, Playgrounds and Burial ground, solar roof top plants.|
|4||Assistant Engineer/ Junior Engineer||Responsible for maintenance of street lights, solar roof top plants capital works, under their jurisdiction.|
|5||Supervisors||Responsible for maintenance of street lights, solar roof top plants under their jurisdiction.|
|6||Electrician/Skilled Assistant||Responsible for attending non-burning of street lights, maintenance of pillar boxes and fuse boxes.|
|7||Jointer||Responsible for identification and rectification of cable fault in the street lights.|
|8||Permanent Labours/ Unskilled worker||Attending non-burning of street lights and cable faults.|