NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically replaced a bulb in South Block, with a LED bulb as he launched a unique scheme for LED (light emitting diodes) bulb distribution scheme under domestic efficient lighting programme that was launched here on Monday.
The Prime Minister said “it is far more economical to save power that to produce it.”
LED bulbs have almost 50 times more life than ordinary bulbs and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.
While emphasising the need to generate awareness about LED, he said the government would involve celebrities and eminent citizens of the country to take the programme ahead.
The Prime Minister launched a web-based system to enable consumers in Delhi to register requests for procuring LED bulbs under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
These bulbs will be distributed in a phased manner from March 2015 onwards, a government statement said.
Describing the LED bulb as a ‘Prakash Path’ - ‘way to light’, Modi said this initiative was expected to reduce import bills and would save the environment.
He launched this scheme under the domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi and a National Programme for LED-based Home and street lighting.
The entire project of installing LED bulbs for domestic and street-lighting in 100 cities is targeted for completion by March 2016.
Under the project all bulbs in South Block will be replaced with LED bulbs which in turn will enable savings of 7,000 units of energy each month, the statement added.
The Prime Minister said it is much more difficult to conserve power, than to produce power, because while one producing entity can generate large quantity of power, it requires the active participation of crores of people to conserve that amount of power.
He added that gifts such as diaries and calendars on New Year should be replaced by gifts of LEDs.
Modi called for setting district level goals, and to prioritise this scheme in all towns with population above one lakh.