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HPSEB implements free CFL scheme to domestic consumers

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HPSEB implements free CFL scheme to domestic consumersEnding a bitterly contested tendering process, Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) has finally awarded a major supply contract of 72 lakh compact fluorescent light CFL bulbs to two companies, HPL Socomec and Phoenix. Besides the two, five other companies which included Havels India, Surya, Asian and Philips had bid for the CFL supply tender. Philips and another company were dropped during scrutiny as their technical bids did not meet the Bureau of Indian Standards specifications.

Himachal Pradesh’s ambitious energy saving scheme—- Atal Bijli Bachat Yojana, designed to provide 72 lakh CFL bulbs to all domestic consumers free of cost, is set to roll from November 2008. Making the announcement of providing a set of four CFL bulbs free to every household so as to save electricity, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had set aside Rs 80 crore for the Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna during the budget speech in March and set out a date to get the scheme fully executed by former prime minister AB Vajpayee’s birthday in December.

Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) has decided to place its first order for 40 lakh CFL bulbs of 0.85 Power Factor (PF).

R K Jain, Chairman of HPSEB told The Indian Express that offers have been sent to the lowest bidders for supply of the bulbs. “If the company responds to the rates approved by the Board, orders will be placed,” he said, speaking over phone from Delhi.

According to sources, HPL Socomec will get the first contract of 10 lakh bulbs, which the company will be required to supply in a pack of four blubs each. The company had quoted a rate of Rs 396 for pack of four but after negotiations the rate was brought down to Rs 387.

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