Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) : Citizens of Uttar Pradesh have replaced one crore inefficient bulbs with energy efficient LEDs, distributed under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme.
Union Minister of the State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal distributed the one crore one bulb to A.K. Singh, Managing Director of the Purvanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd. (PUVVNL) in Varanasi last evening.
Given a total target consumer base of approximately 45 lakhs, Uttar Pradesh has been the fastest state in the country to achieve this remarkable feat.
On the occasion, Goyal also announced that the price of the LED bulb in Uttar Pradesh will now be only Rs. 80. The prices of LED bulbs have dropped to Rs. 80 in the state of Uttar Pradesh because of the transparent procurement by EESL and the removal of VAT in the state. UP was the first state in the country to remove VAT on LED bulbs.
Goyal also took the opportunity to launch the National Energy Efficient Fan Programme (NEEFP) in the UP. Under this Scheme, BEE 5 star rated ceiling fans of 50 Watt will be distributed to the consumers at an attractive EMI model.
The minister distributed energy efficient fans to 15 consumers at an event held in the city. The energy efficient ceiling fans will be distributed by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) in collaboration with PUVVNL in the city.
UP will also be the second state in the country to adopt the energy efficient fan programme. With the usage of 50 Watts BEE 5 Star rated ceiling fans, distributed under the National Energy Efficient Fan Programme, it is estimated that consumers’ electricity bills will reduce by about Rs. 700-730 per year. (ANI)