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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Govternment’s ‘Ujala’ scheme slips into darkness

COLVA: The government's much-talked about power-saving 'Ujala' scheme through use of LED bulbs appears to have momentarily slipped into darkness, as hundreds of street poles erected for BRICS summit have all been fitted with CFL lamps and tubelights.
The new poles were installed on the roughly 5-km Margao-Colva road for BRICS, but not a single one of them has been fitted with LED bulbs.

The scheme aimed at making Goa a power-surplus state was launched by defence minister, Manohar Parrikar in Margao on July 8. But after the heat and light generated by public distribution of LED bulbs faded, the government also appears to have forgotten to issue a tender for the same power-saving fixtures. Six days later, chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar CM had come a-calling to Benaulim panchayat as part of the campaign to distribute three LED bulbs to each household in the state.
While the scheme was launched with much publicity in Salcete, especially Benaulim, where BRICS summit was being held and the villages in Benaulim constituency got a facelift for the international event, power-saving was forgotten for the moment.

TOI Goa News

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