PDD sets up special counters to distribute 85 lakh LED bulbs

Karan Choudhary
In a major reform to streamline power supply, the Power Development Department (PDD) is all set to establish special counters across the state to distribute over 85 lakh LED bulbs among over 16 lakh registered consumers.
In the first phase, the government has decided to distribute LED bulbs, under Yojna Scheme’ among domestic consumers only.
The department will set up special counters at all prominent places including government offices and places convenient to the consumers.
According to official of the PDD, Around 16 lakh consumers have been registered with the department across Jammu and Kashmir and for them the counters will be established at all divisional offices and prominent places, hospitals including Jammu and Kashmir bank where consumers come to pay their electricity bill so that they can easily get LED bulbs.
Around 85 lakh LED bulbs have been proposed to be distributed across Jammu and Kashmir by PDD in collaboration with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). Under this scheme consumer can buy 5 LED bulbs at the rate of Rs 20 each on production of photostat copy of photo identity card and latest electricity bill.
In case of purchase of more than five bulbs, consumers need to pay Rs 95 per bulb.
There will be phase-wise distribution in which firstly it will be distributed to domestic consumers and later it will be distributed at hospitals, colleges and other departments where power consumption is higher than other departments.
For easily distribution of these bulbs PDD has also planned broad advertisement through media as well as awareness campaigns. Even with the help of company, the PDD has also given toll free number to their consumers so that they can easily locate
the counters.
“It is a beneficial scheme for the consumers. They will be relieved from higher electricity tariff, as these LED bulbs have capacity to save power against 10 normal bulbs, said Rakesh Gupta, owner of electricity shop.
He further said, “It would be better if despite installing the counters for distribution of these bulbs government it sale through wholesaler or retailer by subsidy them so that they can sale them at cheap rate to the consumers.
Talking to Newspoint, PDD Chief Engineer, Ashwani Kumar Gupta said “The department is all set to provide this benefit to our consumers,” adding it is a great scheme for the masses and they should avail benefit from this.
“It will cut down your electricity bills,” he added.
Prabhat Kumar, Programme Manager Energy Efficiency Services Limited informed that in collaboration with PDD, they are going to install counters at important places across state, so that consumers may reach without any inconvenience.
He said, “Our target is to provide 85 lakh LED bulbs to 16 lakhs consumer across J&K within six to eight months, for this we are trying to reach every consumer.
It is pertinent to mention here that the national LED programme was launched by the Prime Minister in January 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore incandescent lamps with LED bulbs.

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