'Hosa Belaku' kicks off on positive note

'Hosa Belaku' kicks off on positive note

Even as the BJP leaders are trying to explain that it is a scheme introduced by the Centre under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) and the Congress is projecting it as its achievement, ‘Hosa Belaku’, that was launched recently by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with much fanfare, seems to have taken off on a positive note.

Distribution of the 9 watt LED bulbs has started at all the 20 Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) offices in the city since Monday. Stalls have been set up at the Cesc offices, where consumers pay their monthly electricity bills.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Raghu of Vivo Biotech, Hyderabad, said, the company is a franchise for distributing the LED bulbs supplied by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs of the Union Ministry of Power. The bulbs are manufactured by Wipro Enterprises. The franchisee will supply the bulbs for the region under the Cesc limits, including Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and Hassan districts.

Though the instalment scheme was much publicised, the company has begun distribution under the purchase scheme. The other scheme, where the bulbs will be distributed at the consumers’ doorsteps will begin from January 2016. The instalment scheme is aimed at rural consumers, with a monthly payment of Rs 10 per bulb.

Raghu said, there is a good response and people are lining up everyday. He said, the bulbs priced around Rs 400 in the open market, are sold at Rs 100, attracting more customers.

However, the number of bulbs for each consumer depends on the KW capacity, which is mentioned in the monthly bill. So, a maximum of 10 bulbs are issued to each customer.

Some tenants wonder what will happen when they vacate the house, as the RR number is in the name of the owner. However, if they produce an electricity bill, voter ID card or Aadhaar card, they can take home the product, he said.

Venkatesh, a customer from Vontikoppal said, 75 per cent power can be saved in a house fitted with solar heater and LED bulbs. He is advising his neighbours too to go for the energy efficient bulbs.
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