Nov 18, 2016: While households across the Indian state of Gujarat has benefited from energy saving LED lighting scheme, the government has failed to set its own offices in order.
Gujarat, which leads in implementation of the nation-wide energy saving LED programme in the residence sector, has failed to bring energy efficiency benefit across its offices, educational institutes, police stations and civic offices across Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.
Top ‘LED state’ Gujarat fails to light govt offices with LEDs
However, under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA), 42 lakh households across Gujarat have benefitted from the LED scheme. Gujarat was the first state to distribute 20 million LED bulbs to people. In the state. While atraditional tubelight costs Rs 100, the state government is selling an LED bulb for Rs 70. In such a scenario, it is surprising that it could not transform government offices and institutes to LED lighting.
Need for LED switch
Gujarat University has 20,000traditional tubelights, and its monthly electricity bill is around Rs 1.2 million, while LD Engineering College spends Rs 0.7 million. Switching to LED can bring down electricity cost of both the institutes, according to head of the electrical department at LD Engineering.
An official from energy department said that they will soon set up LED lighting in all government offices. The concerned departments will be informed about such implementation, he added.