In yet another milestone, the government’s flagship scheme–Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for all (UJALA) programme was launched in Punjab.
The Minister of Power and Irrigation, Rana Gurjeet Singh on Thursday launched the programme. Presently, the scheme is launched only in SAS Nagar and will subsequently be launched in other districts of the state in a phased manner. Over 60 lakh consumers in Punjab will benefit through the scheme.
Under the UJALA scheme, consumers can buy high quality 9W LED bulbs at Rs. 65/-, 50W BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans at Rs. 1,150/- and 20W LED Tube Lights at Rs. 230/- respectively.
The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India, and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) shall provide logistical support for smooth functioning of the scheme in the state.
In Punjab, EESL plans to distribute over 1 crore LED bulbs, 10 lakh LED tube lights and 1 lakh fans. With this, the state would have annual energy savings of 135 crore kWh. It is estimated that the annual savings in consumer bills would be more than Rs.540 crores with the use of these appliances. The use of energy efficient appliances will also result in reduction of 282 MW of peak demand, as well as an annual reduction of CO2 emission by 11 lakh tonnes.
“The UJALA scheme will not only help consumers in Punjab save electricity and money but will also help our government to manage its power demand and supply. The scheme will also benefit the environment by reducing emission of greenhouse gases. I urge all the citizens of the state to come out in large numbers to avail the benefits and make Punjab energy efficient, while contributing towards making India a world leader in energy efficiency,” Rana Gurjeet Singh said.
Each household in the state is eligible for purchase of 10 LED bulbs, 10 LED tube lights and 4 BEE 5-star rated fans.
These appliances will be available at EESL authorized distribution centres as well as PSPCL sub-divisional offices, which shall be listed under the UJALA Dashboard www.ujala.gov.in . By clicking on ‘Punjab’ or by downloading the UJALA app, the consumer will be able to locate the nearest distribution centre in their city to buy energy efficient appliances.
EESL advises all consumers to not pay anything above ₹65/- for the LED bulb. If consumers notice or come across anyone demanding higher prices than the stated price, they should immediately report such cases at “Register your complaint” section on UJALA dashboardwww.ujala.gov.in, or on EESL social media handles – for Twitter @EESL_India and for Facebook @EESLIndia. They can also contact the all India helpline number 1800 180 3580.
The LED bulbs and LED tube lights provided under the UJALA scheme are of superior quality and come with a three-year free replacement warranty. The LED bulbs have a lifetime of 25,000 hours and consume only one-tenth of the energy used by ordinary bulbs to provide better light output. Moreover, the ceiling fans under the scheme are 30 percent more energy efficient as compared to conventional fans, whereas the 20W LED tube lights are 50 percent more energy efficient than the conventional 40 W tube lights.
During the distribution phase, replacement of faulty bulbs, if any, can be done through any of the distribution counters that would be operating within the state.
The UJALA scheme was launched by the Government of India on January 5, 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore inefficient bulbs with Energy Efficient LED Bulbs. Currently, 23.5 crore LED bulbs, 21.8 lakh tube lights and 8 lakh fans have already been distributed across 26 states.
This has led to annual energy savings of more than 3,078 crore kWh and resulting in avoidance of over 6,190 MW of peak demand. The estimated cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers, per year is INR 12,303 crores and has also helped in reduction of 2.5 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
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