Supply bottlenecks affect Ujala scheme

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Mar 2018 10:18:42


By Ashish Rajput

Once heralding a big movement towards energy conservation, the ambitious scheme of ‘Ujala’ is in poor condition due to absence of LED bulbs supply in Madhya Pradesh. The State had registered significant growth in sale of energy efficient LED bulbs, but failed in continuing the same momentum due to scanty supply.Consumers are feeling cheated in the name of three years warranty of LED bulbs as lakhs of consumers are queued up since last one month for replacing their faulty bulbs. Competent authorities are helpless in replacing faulty bulbs and providing new bulbs to consumers due to absence of supply from the private company. Over 6 lakh LED bulbs were sold only in Jabalpur and 40,000 faulty bulbs are still pending for replacement due to unavailability of fresh stock.

Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam, Managing Director, Manu Shrivastava (IAS), while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, admitted the shortfall in supply of LED bulbs in the State and informed that, EESL is the contract agency for supplying LED bulbs, but the supply is facing roadblocks due to uncertain reasons. The department is communicating the officers of private company for streamlining the supply of bulbs.It may be noted that Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam was conferred with first prize in the country for promotion of new and renewable energy in the State and achieving its target of selling more than 3 crore LED bulbs at subsidised rate in the State. LED bulbs, at subsidised rate with three years warranty, is in high demand amongst consumers but increasing graph of faulty bulbs and absence of its supply is proving a major hurdle in achieving the target of implementing energy efficiency measures.