The government has come up with an initiative to distribute LED bulbs, tubelights and power-saving fans on selective petrol retail outlets across the country. The initiative will be carried out a phased manner in these outlets. States of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra will taking off this project.
The price of a high quality 9W LED bulb is Rs 70, while that of a 20W tubelight is Rs 220. A five-star rated ceiling fan will cost Rs 1,200.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the Ministry of Power and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) for supplying the energy-efficient electronic appliances. The program is a under the flagship of Unnat Jeevan for cost-effective LEDs and appliances for All (UJALA) scheme. As per the agreement, Oil Marketing Companies- IOCL, BPCL and HPCL will take up the distribution of the energy efficient appliances in a phased manner.
At present over 25.5 crore LED bulbs, 30.6 lakh LED tubelights and around 11.5 lakhs power-saving fans have been supplied under the UJALA scheme, according to a government release. Energy savings of approximately 3,340 crore KWh is estimated because of this initiative, also leading to an avoidance of 6,725 MW of peak energy demand.
The MoU consists of a clause where OMCs and EESL invest forthrightly and ensure that the products are available. The OMCs will only bear the manpower and space cost and other capital cost.
In his speech, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan said, "It is the vision of the Centre to reduce our dependence on import of energy by up to 10 per cent.
The petrol pumps owned by the three oil marketing companies can boast of a very high footfall. It is a great opportunity for the two departments to come together and utilise this network for ensuring LED bulbs and tubelights reach every corner of our country." Pradhan added that the program would drive various non-fuel business and lead to customer convenience.
The three Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum together have an unparalleled network over 54,500 petroleum retail outlets across the country.
These outlets will also offer many side-by services like ATMs, service stations, convenience stores and PUC facilities to enhance value and convenience to customers.
Information source: indiatoday