Subsidised LEDs fly off shelves on first day

LUCKNOW: The distribution of subsidised LED bulbs got off to a flying start in the city on Tuesday with at least 10,000 pieces sold out on the first day. People queued up since early morning at 10 billing centres where distribution was done.

Under the scheme, consumers can buy 7-watt light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which cost around Rs 375 per piece in the market, at a subsided price of Rs 100 per piece. Consumers with a 2 KW connection will get 5 LED bulbs, while those with above 2 KW connection will get 10 LED bulbs. Consumers will have to present photocopies of ID-address proofs along with the last paid electricity bill to avail subsidised LEDs.

Most of the centres TOI visited, public response was visibly good, and at some places, there was complete sell out. “They ran out of stock. After waiting for 90 minutes, they restarted the distribution. They should have anticipated such turnout,” said Adiba Siddiqui, who came to buy LEDs at Sector-25 Indiranagar power substation.


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