By BizLED Bureau
October 7, 2015: Karnataka government has decided to follow the footsteps of the Central government in switching to LED lighting.
Karnataka government has decided to launch a scheme for LED bulb distribution under the domestic efficient lighting program in the state in January 2016.
Karnataka?s Energy Minister D K Shivakumar met manufacturers of LED lights and decided to procure LED bulbs through tenders. About 40 representatives of LED manufacturing firms, including Surya Roshni, Crompton, Wipro, attended the meet.
The total cost of the project is Rs. 26,000 million. Under this scheme, Karnataka government will distribute 60 million LED bulbs to households across the state. Each house will be given maximum 10 bulbs, and the cost of these bulbs will be deducted from their monthly electricity bills. While these bulbs will be supplied by Escoms, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL), a Government of India enterprise, will implement the project. Under the scheme, 12 lakh streetlights will be replaced in 220 urban local bodies at he cost of Rs 20,000 million.
The current open market retail price of an LED bulb is in the range of Rs. 350-400. A government seal will be embossed on LED bulbs for eliminating re-sale and will have a minimum warranty of three years.