Chandigarh, April 19: With an aim to save electricity for the future generation, the centre has distributed over one lakh LED bulbs under the Ujala scheme in Chandigarh. Notably, the scheme has got an overwhelming response in many states after its launch. long with bulbs, 15,000 20W LED tube lights and 5,000 BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans have also been distributed in the city.
However, the Ujala (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All) scheme was launched by Kirron Kher in the city last month. An Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) spokesman Saurabh Kumar said, "With the distribution of LED bulbs, tube lights and energy efficient fans, there has been a cumulative saving of over 39,000 kWh of energy, which has translated into a savings of over Rs 1.55 lakh in consumers' electricity bills."
Saurabh Kumar further stated that the people of Chandigarh have demonstrated their progressive attitude by making energy efficiency an essential part of their lifestyle. He also noted that the target was to make Chandigarh a 100 percent energy efficient city. Interestingly, EESL is the nodal agency for distribution of these appliances.
Under Ujala scheme, consumers in the city can buy 4 LED bulbs, 4 LED tube lights and 4 BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans. The price of each LED bulb is Rs 70 as against the market price of Rs 300-350; each LED tube light is priced at Rs 230, whereas the price of each energy efficient fan is Rs 1,150.
A joint venture between NTPC Ltd, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid, EESL was set up under the Ministry of Power to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects.
EESL also provides free of cost replacement for all technical faults for 3 years in a case of LED bulbs and LED tube lights. It also gives technical warranty of 2.5 years for energy efficient fans. During the distribution, replacements can be done through any of the distribution counters that will be operating within the city.