May 18, 2016: Under the Union government’s ‘Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All’ (UJALA) scheme, ESSL has distributed over 1.5 million LED bulbs in Chhattisgarh. The scheme commenced in Chhattisgarh on March 13, 2016 and the target has been accomplished within two months which is remarkable, according to ESSL officials.
Chhattisgarh is the only Indian state to distribute 3 energy efficient LED bulbs to BPL consumers free of cost. The aim is to distribute more than 2 crore LED bulbs in the state. Under the UJALA scheme, customers can buy up to ten 9W LED bulbs at a price rate of Rs 85 each. The market price of an LED bulb is somewhere between Rs 300-Rs 350.
Customers have a choice of giving the amount at once or opting for an EMI option where they will just pay Rs 10 per LED bulb and the remaining amount of Rs 80 will be added to their energy bill for seven months. Also, the BPL consumers can get up to 5 LED bulbs by paying Rs 85 each.
ESSL distributes 1.5 million LED bulbs in Chhattisgarh
The residents of Chhattisgarh have responded well and ESSL at present is implementing the UJALA scheme in 9 circles and will cover the whole state soon. ESSL is thankful to the people for coming in such huge numbers and also urge more customers to be a part of the revolution, said Vedprakash Dindore, Regional Manager for EESL, Chhattisgarh,
Ankit Anand, MD, Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) said that they are working directly with EESL to carry out the UJALA scheme in the state. He also said that the scheme will play a major role in huge energy savings Chhattisgarh with energy efficient LEDs.
UJALA LEDs come with a life of more than 25,000 hours and consume only one-tenth of the energy used by conventional bulbs to give the same light output. The electricity bills of the customers will decrease by around Rs. 160-400 each year with each LED bulb, hence making the price recovery lesser than a year. LED bulbs also offer steady brightness even in low voltage in comparison to the conventional lamps which fluctuate and even fade, Anand added.