By SHEILA SRI PRIYA|PETALING JAYAemail@example.com
GOING GREEN: The Petaling Jaya City Council will provide the bulbs for free in a bid to create a sustainable city, combat crime and cut electricity cost
ALL new developments in the city must be installed with energy-saving bulbs said mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.
Since last year, developers had been informed to take note of the requirement. This is in line with the council’s aim to go green and to become a sustainable city.
He said this at the launch of the programme to install energy-saving bulbs at the back portion of some 400 houses here.
Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will help install 400 houses with energy-saving bulbs as part of the council’s effort to prevent crime.
The objective to install Light Emitting Diodes (LED) bulbs is to provide brighter back alleys which is hoped to reduce crime related activities after dusk.
Under the council’s Safe City programme, houses on landed property could apply for the service.
The council will provide the light bulbs worth almost RM300, and install them for free. House owners will have to pay the electricity bill.
Roslan said MBPJ is the first in the country to embark on such a programme.
He added that the council also has plans to change all lights that come under its supervision into energy- saving bulbs soon. The change will help the council to reduce its electricity cost.
“When residents realise the benefits of installing the energy-saving bulbs as they will have lower electricity bills, they will continue using them,” said Roslan.
Those interested to be part of the programme could apply at the council’s One Stop Centre or download the application form from the council’s website http://www.mbpj.gov.my.
Among the requirements for the application is that only house owners are allowed to apply.
They should not have any pending assessment fees and any illegal house renovations.
Houses will also be installed with timer switches to ensure the lights are automatically switched on at 7pm and switched off at 7am.
MBPJ has allocated a budget of RM100,000 for this project. It is part of the RM2 million allocated for the Safe City programme under its 2012 budget.
Since 2006, the council has installed 46 CCTVs and 245 lights in the city. This year about 60 new CCTVs will be installed.
The mayor said, based on statistics, the crime index dropped 8.2 per cent in November last year compared with the same period in 2010.
Violence related crime had dropped 20.3 per cent during the same period.
The mayor also applauded the recent move by the Public Works Department to switch the lights along Federal Highway to energy-savings bulbs.