A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under UDAY was signed on October 7th between the power ministry (Government of India), the State of Maharashtra and the DISCOM of Maharashtra (MSEDCL).
Maharashtra has become the 17th State to join the UDAY – “Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana”, the Centre’s financial and operational turnaround scheme for state power distribution companies (DISCOMs). The move will see the state reap benefits of Rs 9,725 crores by way of cheaper funds, reduction in AT&C losses and enable it to eliminate the gap between cost of supply of power and realisation.
Citing a social audit of about 4,500 people conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in SDMC area in May 2016, EESL said the audit shows that at an average 99.5% people feel that the LED street lights have contributed in enhancing the security of the vulnerable groups during nights. About 99.75% of the people responded that the intensity & the brightness of the LED street lights is better than the earlier street lights.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has strongly refuted all claims of having installed faulty LED street lights in their project in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area. Under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP), over 1.98 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights in Delhi.
The scheme is presently operational in 18 states and 4 Union Territories and will be rolled out soon in West Bengal and North Eastern states in the coming days. In the remaining states and Union Territories, the decision to roll out the scheme is pending with the respective state governments.
Piyush Goyal Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy said that all state and union territory representatives had come to a broad consensus that all electricity metres in the country be replaced with tamper proof smart metering that is also cost efficient. Read More…