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Thursday, 22-November-2018


Ujala, or ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’, is state’s domestic efficient lightning programme

To promote energy efficiency, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has launched a scheme to distribute light-emitting diode (LED) tubelights and energy-efficient fans.

The scheme Ujala, or ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ is an extension of the state’s domestic efficient lightning programme. The Chief Minister said Ujala was an integral part of the state’s energy conservation initiative and has been successfully adopted by the people.

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the public sector unit of the Union Ministry of Power, will implement Ujala in a phased manner in collaboration with the state. Singh said energy efficiency was a key thrust area of the state and emphasis had been laid on scaling up its implementation.

“The launch of this initiative follows our commitment of such programme in 2015-16 for distribution of LED bulbs. Approximately, 74 lakh bulbs to 12 lakh consumers have been distributed which resulted into energy saving of approximately 150 MU per annum,” a statement quoting the CM said.

The state’s Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania said an LED tubelight will cost Rs 230, with three years of free replacement warranty. Likewise, a five-star rating 50-watt ceiling fan, that will replace the conventional 75-watt fan, will cost Rs 1,150 with two years of free replacement warranty.