Feb 22, 2017: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ (UJALA) scheme in the state, and distributed energy efficient LED tube lights.
A total of 85 lakh LED bulbs have been distributed in the state. Two years back, 30 lakh households out of 68 lakh did not have electricity, and since then 7 lakh households have been given electricity.
The UJALA scheme is implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India. EESL will provide free of cost replacement of LED bulbs and tube lights for all technical faults for three years.
In Jharkhand, EESL will distribute more than 25 lakh LED tube lights on upfront payment. Over 5.5 lakh consumers will benefit from the scheme. “The schemes will help the government manage peak demand and reduce power outage,” Das said.
New installation and replacement of existing streetlights with LED lights, will soon start in the city. Mayor Ashu Verma said, “The project will be extremely cost effective for Ghaziabad.”
Under the scheme, the contract was awarded to a Jharkhand-based firm who will install and replace all streetlights in the district with LED lights. “Our bill for an year of electricity consumed by streetlights accounts to Rs 160 million,” Verma said.