Eram’s Solar Street Lights to Illuminate Kovalam Beach


Thiruvananthapuram: Inadequate or poor street lighting has proved a major concern for public safety in cities and towns. This situation turns graver as mobility is rising in urban areas as well as popular tourist spots. Against this background, the Tourism Department has taken the initiative to light up Kovalam, the city’s numero uno tourist hot spot, with solar street lights as part of the master plan prepared for the comprehensive development of the destination.

The system was launched at an event organised by the Tourism Department as part of the completion of the first phase of the tourism development projects, which include installation of CCTV cameras, street light system and new police aid posts.

Kadakampally Surendran, Tourism Minister, conducted the inauguration in the presence of V K Prasanth, City Mayor and M Vincent, Kovalam MLA at Eve’s Beach parking ground in Kovalam.

The Tourism Department, in association with the Eram Scientific Solutions (ESS), has installed 48 solar lights under the remote-controlled street lighting system – ECOSIS – ( ) – at Kovalam. The system can automatically turn itself on/ off according to the sunrise and sunset time of the geographical location concerned.

According to an ESS official, all the lights are individually monitored and controlled from the central server and in case of any fault, an SMS is directly sent to the maintenance staff for speedy action and timely maintenance. The system also provides the report of operative and non-operative lamps on the road and the theft alarm enables detection of any theft. The total outlay of the project is Rs 34 lakh.

The project at Kovalam is the third such system installed by ESS in the State capital. The first solar light was installed near the Napier Museum and 37 solar lights were installed at the Veli Tourism Village. Eram Scientific Solution has now submitted the feasibility study for implementing the project at Shangumugham beach to the Tourism Department.