Chandigarh, November 15
More than 2 lakh domestic consumers in the Union Territory will soon get at least four compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) each as part of the “Bachat Lamp Yojana” of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

Confirming the development, a UT secretary said: “We have initiated the programme and have already sought expression of interest from the developers, including the CFL manufacturers and traders.” These will be given at subsidised rates to the consumers.

The developer is sought to carry out the pre-project survey and also take care of distribution of the CFLs to the domestic consumers as well as the replacement of the fused ones. It has been clarified that the bidder will make the total investment and there will be no financial liability of the department in the entire exercise.

The electricity department of the UT will provide database of households in the project and assist in the selection of the project sample groups.

A majority of the CFLs are designed to fit in the existing place of the incandescent lamps.

CFLs are known to use lesser power and give same light. They are said to be slightly expensive than the normal bulbs.

The average life of a CFL is believed to be more than 10 times than that of an incandescent lamp. The CFLs are believed to use 20 to 33 per cent less power compared to a normal bulb. A very important issue related to the CFL lamps is the disposal aspect, which, too, will be catered by the developer.

Source: Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service