Assam opts for power-saving mode

Minister launches UJALA and PAVAN schemes

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 5: Power-starved Assam opted for power-saving devices under ULALA and PAVAN schemes with State Power Minister Pallab Lochan Das launching the two schemes at Bijuli Bhawan in Guwahati today.

While UJALA stands for ‘Unt Jyoti Affordable LEDs for All’, PAVAN stands for ‘Performance for Acceleration of Energy Saving Fans’ launched by the Prime Minister of India recently. Power-saving devices like LED bulbs, LED tube-lights and energy-saving fans were displayed at the launching of the two schemes.

Das said that under the scheme 9W LED bulbs, 20W LED tube-light and 50W efficient fan would be distributed at Rs 70, Rs 230 and Rs 1,150 respectively. “Each consumer can avail up to 10 LED bulbs, 10 LED tube-lights and ten efficient fans. 9W LED bulb, 20W LED tube-light and 50W efficient fan is equivalent to 60W ICL, 40W tube-light and inefficient fans of 75 watts respectively. The market price of the LED appliances cost more than Rs 250, Rs 400 and 1,800 respectively,” Das said.

The Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APCDL) collaborated with Energy Efficient Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on November 23, 2016 to distribute such power and energy-saving devices.

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