Lighter on the load and the power bill, cost effective and made available by power DISCOMS at one-fourth the market price with EMI option for regular payee consumers, the LED bulbs are fast catching the fancy of the consumers across Haryana. With the daily sale touching 50,000-mark, the fancy is beginning to bridge the urban-rural divide.
More than nine lakhs LED bulbs which would result in saving of more than 116 million units, have been distributed so far under the ‘Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All’ (UJALA) scheme in the state. As many as 2,702 LED bulbs have also been distributed in 19 villages under the ‘Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon’ scheme.
Stating this in Chandigarh on Saturday, a spokesman of the Power Department said that Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Union Ministry of Power, was distributing about 50,000 LED bulbs per day in the state.
Being currently implemented in the operation circles of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Hisar, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Ambala, Sonipat, Karnal, Panipat and Rewari, the scheme would cover the entire state by the end of May, 2016. UJALA LED bulbs are currently available at the sub-divisional offices (SDOs) of DISCOMS. The list of offices can be accessed on the national UJALA dashboard www.delp.in, he added.
Under the scheme, 9-W LED bulbs, equal to 65 W, are made available for an upfront payment of just Rs 75 per bulb with technical warranty of three years. An LED bulb has a life expectancy of 25,000 hours. A consumer can buy up to 10 LED bulbs under this scheme. Only regular payee consumers enjoy the facility of buying a maximum of four LED bulbs with EMI option; they can buy additional bulbs by making upfront payment. Under the EMI option, consumers have to pay Rs 10 per bulb as upfront cost and the remaining cost would be recovered in nine equal installments as per their respective billing cycle, he added.
Under the scheme, LED bulbs are being made available at one-fourth the market price, as a 9W LED bulb costs about Rs 300 in the market. Each LED bulb helps a consumer save between Rs 160 and Rs 400 every year, enabling him to recover the cost in less than a year.
The LED bulbs being distributed under UJALA scheme are of superior quality with a total failure rate of just 0.31 per cent. EESL would also provide free-of-cost replacement for all technical faults for three years. During the distribution period, replacements could be carried out through any of the distribution counters operating within the city.
After the distribution ends, retail stores would be designated where replacements could be done, the spokesman said.
The UJALA scheme was launched nation-wide by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in January, 2015. Under the scheme, about 10 crore LED bulbs have to be sold in the country within one year of the launch. The scheme was launched in Haryana on March 11, 2016, by the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal, with the target of distributing more than two crore LED bulbs in the state. This program is being implemented by EESL. Anyone could check the daily MIS of distribution of LED bulbs program on the UJALA web portal www.delp.in., the spokesman added.
He said that in six circles of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN), 5,29,163 LED bulbs have been distributed whereas 3,63,472 LED bulbs have been distributed in five circles of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) upto May 11,2016.
With a view to facilitate the consumers, there are a total of 149 sale counters for such bulbs. Out of these, 81 such counters are in various circles of UHBVN and 68 in circles of DHBVN.