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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:37

10 lakh LED bulbs to be distributed in Ghaziabad zone this month

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The Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) aims to distribute 10 lakh LED bulbs in Ghaziabad zone, which comprises Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr and Hapur districts, this month. Priced at Rs 180-200 in the market, the discom will offer the light for Rs 70.

Four lakh bulbs each will be distributed in Ghaziabad and Bulandshahr, and two lakh in Hapur.

The initiative is aimed at increasing the consumer base of the discom, primarily in rural areas, where aggregate technical and commercial losses are between 15% and 30%. For this, 69 counters have been set up across the zone.

A K Chaudhary, chief engineer, PVVNL, Ghaziabad zone, said: "The LED distribution is part of the UJALA scheme of the Central government. The bulbs will be provided by Energy Efficiency Service Limited, a joint venture of public sector power undertakings. Besides 69 counters, LED bulb distribution will also be done through special camps held on Thursdays and Saturdays for giving new connections and collecting revenues. In villages, we will take the help of gram pradhans for spreading awareness."

Moreover, the discom has directed its officials above the rank of junior engineers to adopt one village each. In this way, some 109 villages would be adopted by the end of this month, officials said.

Chaudhary said he had appealed to public representatives, including MLAs and MPs, to adopt villages as well. "In the next phase, we will request IAS and IPS officers to participate in this initiative," he added.

The officials who adopt villages will have to ensure that all households in their villages have electricity connections by December 31 this year, while the deadline of December 31, 2018 has been fixed for providing monthly bills to consumers on actual meter readings. Junior engineers and sub-divisional officers will also have to conduct weekly visits to their adopted villages, while superintending engineers and senior officials will visit them once a month.

Chaudhary said the discom is implementing Central government's 'Saubhagya' initiative aggressively to provide last-mile connectivity in urban and rural areas. Under the initiative, free connections are provided to below poverty line (BPL) households, while others can avail it by paying Rs 500 in 10 instalments of Rs 50 each along with their monthly bill.

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  • News Section: Other Renewable Energy
  • Month: December
  • Year: 2017
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