The consumers of Delhi will now receive 9W LED bulbs under the Government of India’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme. The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of leading PSUs under the administration of Ministry of Power. The distribution of the new bulbs will begin from first week of July 2016. The 7W LED bulbs, that were distributed as a part of this scheme earlier will no longer be available for sale. But the consumers who face any technical issues with the 7W bulbs can get them replaced with fresh 7W LEDs from dedicated replacement centres.
The new 9W LED bulbs under UJALA will be distributed at a discounted rate of Rs. 75 per bulb to the household and commercial consumers across Delhi. EESL will also sign a MoU with the Department of Post for reaching out to the larger base of consumers. These technically superior LEDs bulb helps save anywhere between Rs. 160 to Rs. 400 per bulb annually and has a life expectancy of 25,000 hours, thus making the cost recovery lesser than a year.
The UJALA scheme will be implemented in 87 circles in Delhi and the consumers will be able to check their nearest distribution centres from www.ujala.gov.in. Consumers can also visit this website to locate the nearest replacement centre to replace faulty 7W LED bulbs. These will be replaced once every week from 9 am to 1 pm. The schedule for each centre will be given on the website. The consumers can also reach out to the customer care numbers +91-9643103363, +91-9643103364 for any queries.
Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL said, “Delhi was one of the first few states to start the UJALA scheme and the consumers have shown tremendous support earlier during our 7W distribution. With the procurement of 9W LED bulbs EESL felt that Delhi should also get the opportunity to avail these 9W superior LED bulbs. I would urge all those people who have not yet taken the benefit of this scheme to come forward and do so till the scheme is active.”
EESL provides free of cost replacement for all technical faults for three years. And the replacements shall be done through the distribution centres or designated replacement centres. During the distribution period, replacements can be done through any of the distribution counters that are operating within the city.The response towards UJALA scheme has been exceptional from Delhi and over 66 lakh LED bulbs have already been distributed earlier, resulting in an annual energy savings of 86 crore kWh. EESL, under UJALA, has already distributed over 12.15 crore LED bulbs resulting in energy saving of more than 4.32 crore KWh every day and has helped avoid peak demand of over 3,160 MW. This has helped in reduction of over 35,024 tonnes of CO2 per day. By 2019, EESL aims to replace 77 crore inefficient bulbs (in the residential sector) throughout the country.