May 11, 2017: Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL) will sell 20 million LED bulbs to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) at Rs 65 per bulb. This price is the same as it sells in India under the government UJALA scheme.
EESL, the Indian public service undertaking, will sell the LED bulbs to NEA under a government deal. However, Nepal will get the bulbs at a cheaper rate than some states in India as the prices in India vary from Rs 65 to 70 from state to state, subject to local taxes.
The market price of these LED bulbs is almost double the price charged under UJALA scheme. LED bulbs are available across India for Rs 150- 200 from leading manufacturers.
NEA managing sirector Kulman Ghising said that after the procurement, consumers can buy the bulbs at Rs 135-140 per unit. The market price of LED bulbs in Nepal is Rs 350-400 per bulb. EESL will also set up an online monitoring portal like the National Ujala Dashboard.
These LED bulbs will be procured from global leaders like Philips and Osram. EESL buys LED bulbs from these manufacturers in bulk, and each bulb costs Rs 38-55.
If NEA wants to issue a global tender to directly purchase LED bulbs from Indian manufacturers, then the process will delay the supply of bulbs by one year, and even the lowest bidder will not be able to quote below Rs 65. Also, the quality of the LED bulbs will not be the same.