New lighting infrastructure is set up in the border village of Koti
09 August 2019
The problem of street lighting in Koti, which has about 38 km long borderline, is solved. Through the joint efforts of partner organizations, VivaCell-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), a whole district of the village has been illuminated, which is regularly targeted by the rival’s fire, about 1600m. long street lighting is set up. 42 LED lights are installed. An energy-saving and completely new infrastructure for outdoor lighting has been created within the framework of the “Alternative Energy” project.
The implementation of the project was important for the safety of the border village residents. Koti is regularly targeted by the adversary. Residents still remember the shooting in September 2018 that injured one of their fellow villagers. The illuminated district is a unique message to the rival. The village is living and will continue to develop.
VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, FPWC Foundation Senior Engineer, Project Coordinator Martin Maralchyan, Noyemberyan Community Head Karen Abazyan, Barekamavan Head of Administration Jonik Mikayelyan and community residents participated in the launching ceremony.
“Lighting system is not just a show off for a village on the borderland. It is a necessity to provide safety, and is an important measure to secure the rear for those on the frontline. There is yet another purpose to the program: we want the villagers feel that they are not alone in facing day to day hardships. We do our best to make these people believe. The attitude may seem to be a trivial matter, but people feel stronger when they see attention to their issues. Building a country is a matter of honor, yet working for that hand in hand is a necessity,” VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said.
The community development is a top priority for the parties involved in the project. And the operation of environment-friendly and energy-saving LED lights is cost effective. It will significantly reduce energy consumption, reducing the financial burden on the village. The LED lamps also have other advantages. They are more efficient and durable, and can serve for incomparably longer periods, consuming 80% less electricity than the regular bulbs.
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