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Use of CFLs to be made mandatory

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They will be made available through fair price shops at a subsidised rate

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Energy saver:The use of CFLs in all houses, commercial and government establishments will save about 400 MW, says an estimate.

Bangalore: The State Government is contemplating several energy saving measures, including making it mandatory for all government and business establishments and private residences to use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), effective from January.

In order to ensure easy availability of CFLs at low cost, the Government will market them through fair price shops at a subsidised rate for the benefit of below the poverty line card holders. The cost of CFLs in these outlets will be Rs. 15, whereas they cost nearly Rs. 100 each in the market.

Tenders have been floated for the supply of CFLs in the districts of Kolar, Bangalore Rural, Tumkur and Davangere. This programme will be extended to all districts over the next few months. A manufacturer who wins the tender bid for a particular area will supply four CFLs to every household in exchange for four incandescent lamps, free of cost. The manufacturer will make up the cost through the sale of carbon credits, which is an ongoing international programme. Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje told presspersons here on Friday that the replacement of all incandescent lamps with CFLs in government offices, municipal and other local bodies and all government agencies and establishments would begin shortly. The compulsory changeover to CFLs, which consume only a fourth of the electricity used by incandescent lamps, in all government buildings will be completed in about three months.

On Saturday (Gandhi Jayanti), the bulbs in the Minister's office and other offices in the Vidhana Soudha will be changed, and Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will formally launch the programme at a slum in Gulbarga on October 4, where people will be given CFLs free of cost.

According to an estimate, the use of CFLs in all homes, commercial buildings and government establishments will save around 400 MW. The total power shortage in the State is around 1,000 MW. For a demand of 125 million units, electricity generation is about 99 million units, and the balance is met through purchases on a daily basis.

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