The Prime Minister of India Shri Narender Modi had launched the UJALA scheme on January 5, 2015. This scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power and the implementation agency for all the energy efficiency programs of the Government of India.
Over 1 crore LED bulbs has been distributed in the Bihar by the Union Government in coordination with Bihar Government under UJALA (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All) scheme.
This scheme is running in the state since March 2016. It helps the state to save about 13 Lakh MW of energy annually and has also resulted in an annual savings of Rs 519 crores in consumers’ electricity bills.
Two major electricity distribution companies of the state, South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) & North Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (NBPDCL) are the assisting EESL in the distribution of LED bulbs.
An EESL statement states that a total of 1 crore LEDs has been distributed in Bihar as of January 27, 2017. Energy saved per day is 35,58,000 kWh while cost savings per day is Rs 1,42,32,000.
The Managing Director of EESL, Saurabh Kumar said that they are grateful to the government as well as the people of Bihar who have demonstrated the willingness to switch to an energy-efficient lifestyle by adopting LED bulbs as the source of lighting. Bihar has thus become a strong contributor in the UJALA scheme’s 20 crore milestone nationally.
Under this scheme, a consumer can procure 9 W LED bulbs at an upfront cost of Rs 70 each. These LED bulbs can be taken from EESL distribution kiosks at all SBPDCL and NBPDCL offices in Bihar.
The statement states that the consumers can also visit www.Ujala.Gov.In and click on ‘Bihar’ to locate the distribution kiosk closest to their place.
Under UJALA Scheme, the distribution of LED bulbs is taking place in 32 cities and towns across the state, and distribution will soon begin in three places Kishanganj, Katihar and Saharsa.
EESL also provides free of cost replacement for all technical faults for three years. During the distribution, replacements can be done through any of the distribution counters that would be operating within the city.