solar lights.jpgThe City of Harare has started installing solar powered traffic lights on the capital’s roads in a bid to deal with traffic challenges caused by power outages.


The move, which is a result of a deal between the City of Harare and the Indian Embassy, is expected to decongest the city and avert accidents that result from non-functional traffic lights.


Speaking on the side lines of the solar traffic signal launch, Dr Joseph Made who stood in for Local Government, Urban and Rural Development Minister, Dr Ignatius Chombo said the solar traffic signals are cost effective and would lessen the burden on the power grid.


“The critical issue here is that the lights are energy saving.


“We have black spots due to lack of electricity so the installation of solar powered lights should be speeded up and also launched in other towns,”Dr Made said.


solar lights 2.jpgHarare Town Clerk, Dr. Tendai Mahachi said the city council is working closely with the Zimbabwe Republic Police to prevent vandalism and theft of the new traffic lights.


Police Assistant Commissioner Operations for Harare, Kenny Gumira said there would be police patrols and those caught stealing or vandalising the new traffic lights will be dealt with accordingly.


“We will make sure that we always have our officers on patrol and we will let the law take its course on those caught on the wrong side,” said Ass Comm Gumira.


The solar traffic signals can store energy for up to 24 hours and will use only 20% of electricity from ZESA when integrated into the power grid.