Architectural and artistic lighting has been installed at close to 150 different sites in central Moscow, said Deputy Director of the Fuel and Energy Department Ivan Novitsky.
“This year, we have installed architectural and artistic lighting at 148 sites in the capital, in central city streets such as Petrovka, Taganskaya, Taganskaya Ploshchad, the Boulevard Ring, Znamenka, Volkhonka, Mokhovaya and others. At some sites, the lighting instalment coincided with work underway as part of the My Street programme. Let me note too that 25 sites are under video surveillance”, Mr Novitsky said.
Mr Novitsky added that next year, the lighting programme would be extended to 219 sites.
The capital has also got nearly 6,000 streetlights this year. “This year, 5,910 new streetlights have been installed”, Mr Novitsky said. “They have been installed at 971 sites. Work to install lighting at 539 educational establishments was also carried out,” he said.
The plan is to install more than 3,300 streetlights at 510 sites in 2017.
Autumn and winter seasonal lighting was switched on along Moscow’s boulevards and squares on 1 November. Each evening, more than a thousand kilometres of ribbons light up the city. Mr Novitsky said that these ribbons, wound around tree trunks and branches, are safe and elastic and do not obstruct the trees’ growth, so they are simply switched off rather than taken down during the season from April 1 to November 1.