Press Esc to close
Tuesday 26 July 2016
News updated at 5:37 PM IST
Weather
Max: 30.3°C
Min : 20.4°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

All homes may have to switch on CFLs from Jan 1

Last updated: 01 October, 2010
Bangalore,October 1, DHNS:

The power-starved State Government has decided to do away with the use of traditional incandescent light bulbs and get even households to completely switch over to energy-efficient CFL and LED bulbs by January 1, 2011.

To aggressively promote use of CFLs and LED bulbs among power consumers, the State government plans to use new ‘Belaku’ scheme with the Centre’s Bachat Lamp Yojana for near-total energy efficiency. The ‘Belaku’ will be launched by Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa on October 2 by handing over these bulbs to slumdwellers in Gulbarga city.

The scheme was put together to pull out Karnataka from a severe power crunch of 1,000 MW, leading the State to borrow power at Rs 350 crore per month. It had earlier banned use of traditional lamps in government offices, and now is contemplating extending the ban to households and other power consumers.

“If possible, a complete ban will be imposed from January 1, 2011,” State Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje told reporters on Friday.

‘Not an easy task’


However, according to BESCOM Managing Director Yushar Girinath, the State does not have powers to ban people from using the light bulbs of their choice, so imposing such a ban would not be easily possible.

As per the Belaku scheme, the ESCOMs will shortly start distributing four energy-efficient light bulbs to every household in the State at highly-subsidised rates of Rs 15 per bulb. Such bulbs would also be made available at all fair price shops at Rs 80 to Rs 90 each, Karandlaje said.

Authorised private companies would visit every household to replace the incandescent bulbs with either CFLs or LED light bulbs, she said. People would be made aware that by using CFLs and LED bulbs, monthly electricity bills could be cut down by nearly 25 per cent. And for the State, this meant up to 400 MW of power saved.

Going by the scheme, the BESCOM has already invited tenders from firms for the supply of CFLs and LED bulbs to Bangalore urban, Kolar and Bangalore rural districts. The distribution will begin shortly.

The State government would also make use of the services of the 50 firms identified by the Centre under its Bachat Lamp Yojana.

Certificates would also be collected from power consumers about their switch-over to the energy-efficient bulbs, for which they would be given carbon credits, Girinath said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Legendary Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma being felicitated during an event...

Legendary Santoor player Pandit Shivkumar Sharma being felicitated during an event...

Members of the Indian archery team, the first to reach Brazil for the upcoming Olympics...

Members of the Indian archery team, the first to reach Brazil for the upcoming Olympics...

Kanwarias on their way to offer holy water to Lord Shiva on the occasion of holy month of Shravan...

Kanwarias on their way to offer holy water to Lord Shiva on the occasion of holy month of Shravan...

Actress Kajal Aggarwal receiving an award at 'Femina Power List South 2016'...

Actress Kajal Aggarwal receiving an award at 'Femina Power List South 2016'...

Coast Guard IG Rajan Bargotra briefing on the search operations of missing IAF AN-32 aircraft...

Coast Guard IG Rajan Bargotra briefing on the search operations of missing IAF AN-32 aircraft...

Mumbai crowned Premier Futsal champions in Mapusa...

Mumbai crowned Premier Futsal champions in Mapusa...

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage to the martyrs of OP VIJAY...

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage to the martyrs of OP VIJAY...

School studentsí celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas in Jalandhar...

School studentsí celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas in Jalandhar...

Forest officials patrolling in a boat on the flooded Kaziranga National Park on Monday...

Forest officials patrolling in a boat on the flooded Kaziranga National Park on Monday...

KSRTC buses were parked on following the State Transport Unions strike...

KSRTC buses were parked on following the State Transport Unions strike...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523