Maharasthra government has announced that it plans to issue 77 million LED lamps in the state by the end of the current year as part of a greater plan in the works with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to save electricity.
“Our efforts with EESL have shown remarkable progress in the distribution of street lights and LED residential lights. We plan to distribute 77 million lamps by the end of 2019 and 30 million street lights by the end of 2020. This will help us save 27,000 Megawatt by 2020,” said K B Umap, Director General of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency.
The centre had launched the ambitious Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme in 2015 as the world’s largest domestic lighting programme. Under the scheme, EESL obtains the appliances and provides them to consumers at a rate of Rs 70 per LED bulb and Rs 220 per LED tube light, much below the market price.
Also present on the occasion was P Badgeri, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Government of Maharashtra. He said: “The state government has entered into an MoU with EESL to replace 2 million street lights with LED lights to conserve electricity for the urban areas.
Thanks to the implementation of the scheme, India has become the second-largest LED market in the world worth Rs 2,140 crore in revenue.
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