They may not be the showy buildings of Las Vegas, but the dhabasthat line the Delhi-Chandigarh highway catch the eye with their brightly illuminated strings of fairy lights and incandescent bulbs and tubelights that make geometric patterns. The dhabas know people are tempted by the food they offer, but the illumination is the accessory that brings diners to the tables. So the eateries spare no expenses on lighting.
“We used to pay Rs 45,000 on electricity,” said Devdutt Sharma, co-owner of A1 Dhaba on the stretch of the highway that passes through Sonepat in Haryana. He referred to the expense in the past tense because the dhaba’s bill has come down to Rs 15,000 in the six months since replacing the multitude of tubelights and incandescent bulbs with LED lighting. Many others too have realised, like A1 did, that attracting people need not come at a huge cost.
There are approximately 30 dhabas on the highway that have all replaced conventional lighting on their premises with LED bulbs distributed by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs. Under the UJALA programme, EESL has provided around 4,800 9-watt LED bulbs to the eateries on this stretch. Additionally, over 10,000 bulbs have been distributed among dhabas across the rest of National Highway 1. Read More…
Credit by: ET Energy World
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