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In an attempt to save energy, Chandigarh administration has decided to distribute a total of 8.64 lakh light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, 4.32 lakh LED tube lights and 2.16 lakh fans among consumers at concessional rates. UT administrator V P Singh Badnore has accorded approval to the scheme, which is to be launched from next month. As per official records, there are as many as 2.16 lakh electricity consumers, of which, 1.75 lakh fall in the domestic category.
A total of 4 LED bulbs (9watt), 2 LED tubes (10watt) and 1 fan (50watt) will be given to each consumer under the Unnat Jyoti Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme of the central government. While sharing details, UT superintending engineer M P Singh said that an LED bulb will cost Rs 60 against the market price of around Rs 150, while for one tube light, consumers will have to pay Rs 230. Market price of 20watt LED tube light is around Rs 800. Fan will cost Rs 1,150 against the market price of around Rs 1,800.
"LED bulbs and tube lights will help consumers save up to 50% spent on lighting," said M P Singh. For distribution, administration has tied up with a firm which will hold camps in different parts of the city. The average power demand of city during summer is around 350MW, while annual average power demand is around 250MW. As per data of electricity department, city consumes around 1,800 million units (MU) on an average in a year and 9.94MU on a daily basis. "Once all consumers shift to LED lighting, it will also bring down power consumption," said M P Singh.
Chandigarh does not have its own power generation plant and buys power from central generating stations such as Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN). Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu demanded that administration should not keep a cap on number of LED bulbs and tubes to be given to each consumers. "The administration should encourage people only to use LED lighting," said Bittu.
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