Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday launched the Central government’s Ujala Scheme in the State and appealed to power consumers to opt for sustainable energy options like LED lights.
Under the scheme, which has been launched in many other States, domestic consumers will be provided LED bulbs at a subsidised rate of Rs. 80-85 per piece, while industries will get it at Rs. 90 per piece.
“I appeal to people to purchase LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs under this scheme as it will help in curbing energy consumption. One LED bulb saves up to Rs. 315 a year and consumers can save a lot of money on their power bills,” the Chief Minister said at the launch here.
“The bulb will have 3-year replacement warranty. It will be 7-8 watts with luminosity of 900 lumens,” State Finance Minister Saurabh Patel told PTI.
“Nearly 12 crore LED bulbs will be distributed in the next one year, which will benefit about 1.21 crore consumers.
It will help consumers to save a considerable amount of money each year,” Patel said.
He said each household would get a maximum of 10 bulbs in the first phase. The amount will be charged through the electricity bill in eight to ten instalments.
The government will purchase the bulbs from Energy Efficient Services Ltd (EEEL) kiosks. The distribution of bulbs will take place through sub-division offices of DISCOM and DISCOM bill collection centres across the State. Consumers can purchase these bulbs by showing their monthly electricity bill or ID cards.
“Ujala scheme will not only help reduce consumers’ electricity bill amount but also contribute to the energy security of India,” he said.Source : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-miscellaneous/tp-others/ujala-scheme-launched-in-gujarat/article8653092.ece
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12 December 2017