Government is planning to distribute LED bulbs to in households in rural areas with support of EESL

Energy secretary Srikant said that the EESL will inaugurate the ‘Gram Ujala’ scheme in five districts (Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh),Vadnagar(Gujarat),Krishna(Andhra Pradesh),  Nagpur(Maharashtra) and Arrah(Bihar)) in India in February. It has selected Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh to launch the programme and distribute around 8.84 lakh LED bulbs in rural areas. The energy department has requested AP Panchyat Raj and Rural Development to identify one or two mandal headquarters for the launching the programme.

The EESL will invest around Rs 450 crore to distribute four high quality LED bulbs to each family for replacement of conventional and inefficient bulbs.

This all became possible only because of unstinting support of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy,” the secretary Srkanth Nagulapalli said.

the cost effective energy efficiency was the strong base for achieving cheap power and would boost economic activity and lead to increased employment. “Every consumer in the State will benefit with cost effective power.

The State government has asked officials to make the LED programme grand success with an aim to create awareness among general public on the benefits of energy efficiency. As part of this, local MPs and MLAs will also be involved in this programme to send strong message to people on practicing energy efficiency in everyday life.

The State government is planning to distribute LED bulbs to households in rural areas of Krishna district with the support of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL, GoI)) as part of objective to promote energy efficiency to every household and benefit every family.

“LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology. Residential LEDs use at least 75 per cent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting in general,” energy secretary Srikant Nagulapalli said.

With performance improvements, LED bulbs can replace 40, 60 and even 75 watt incandescent bulbs. The EESL will distribute 9 W LED bulbs at subsidized price. “It is proposed to provide four high quality LED bulbs to each rural household in the selected five districts, including Krishna district in AP at a nominal price Rs 10 each. The EESL will invest Rs 450 crore to distribute LED bulbs in Andhra Pradesh,” said Executive Vice Chairman of EESL Saurabh Kumar in a letter to state energy department. The Vice-Chairman/EESL has also said that Andhra Pradesh is considered to be one of the best states in the country in the area of Energy Efficiency, promotion of Renewable energy and over all best performance of the Power sector.

Managing Director of EESL, Rajat Kumar Sud has also discussed with the secretary on the Gram UJALA program and explained about the commitment of EESL for energy efficiency activities in the country including Andhra Pradesh.  The entire investment for the gram UJALA programme shall be borne by EESL only and there is no financial burden on DISCOMs/State government.

Energy secretary Srikant said that the cost effective energy efficiency was the strong base for achieving cheap power and would boost economic activity and lead to increased employment. “Every consumer in the State will benefit with cost effective power. It will help to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization.

The government categorically directed that the powerutilities cannot be compromised on achieving cost effective power at any cost. The State had already become the best example in relating to cost effective power by procuring power at open market at lower price and was far ahead of other States in getting benefits of the cheap power.

The secretary has requested the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department to extend cooperation to the launching of Gram Ujala programme in Krishna district. The LED bulbs distribution programme would benefit every household of rural areas, he said.

EESL to launch Gram Ujala scheme in Krishna district along with four other districts in country

It is proposed to provide four high quality LED bulbs to each rural household

EESL will invest Rs 450 crore to distribute LED bulbs in AP, says Executive Vice-Chairman of EESL Saurabh Kumar

Entire investment for Gram UJALA will be borne by EESL, no financial burden on DISCOMs/State Govt.

Residential LEDs use at least 75 per cent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting in general

State Government to promote LED programme as part of objective to achieve cost effective power

Cost effective energy efficiency is strong base for achieving cheap power, which boosts economy, leads to increased employment

State already become the best example in its efforts to promote cost effective power

This becomes possible with unstinting support of Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Energy Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy

Energy secretary requests the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development department to extend cooperation to the launching of Gram Ujala programme

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