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The streets of villages located around Greater Hyderabad and other towns in Telangana will become more environment-friendly. The state government has selected about 100 villages where conventional bulbs and tube lights would be replaced with LED bulbs soon. In all, there are 8,640 gram panchayats in Telangana which put together ran up about Rs 500 crore bill towards power consumption in 2016-17 financial year. Now, the state government wants to bring down this power consumption charges on streetlights by 50 per cent by installing LED lamps in all gram panchayats in a phased manner.
However, only Rs 150-odd crore was paid by the gram panchayats from its own funds towards electricity consumption charges in the previous fiscal, and the remaining burden would be bone by the state government.
Panchayat raj deputy commissioner Rama Rao told STOI that there are major gram panchayats surrounding Greater Hyderabad each of which pay anywhere between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 50 lakh power bill per annum.
“The Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL), a government of India undertaking, will execute the LED streetlighting project. The gram panchayats need to pass a resolution. It will be a seven-year contract with EESL, which will also maintain the streetlights and gram panchayats need not invest a single rupee on the project. In fact, EESL will pay a penalty of Rs 5 per day to the gram panchayat if it fails to replace a non-working LED streetlight with a working one within 72-hours af ter receiving the complaint,“ Rama Rao said.
How will EESL recover its investment? The gram panchayats have to pay 80 per cent of the money saved on energy savings to the EES.For example, if a village is presently paying Rs 1 lakh power bill per annum, and the electricity consumption bill comes down to Rs 50,000 with LED project, the gram panchayat has to pay Rs 40,000 to EESL, Rama Rao said.
Panchayat raj minister Jupally Krishna Rao said officials have been asked to submit details within a week about the number of villages that have already started installing LED streetlights, and gram panchayats which need to be covered.
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