The Union Minister for Power and Coal Shri Piyush Goyal has said that national rollout of LED replacement program has resulted in major reduction in prices and rates of LED bulbs. Speaking to media persons in Mumbai he said in the auction the price of bulbs came down from an earlier Rs 315 to Rs 204 and to Rs 149 further to 104 and recently to Rs 81.93. Shri Goyal said there is demand from many of the states for changing to streetlights to LEDs as there is 50 percent saving in energy consumption. Goyal said a government company Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) had replaced street bulbs with LED lamps in 6 cities including at Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. As a result he said the Andhra Chief Minister had asked for replacement of entire streetlights in the state. Shri Goyal said the process has been undertaken at the initiative of the states in a transparent, honest and good rates have been obtained due to the electronic bidding process followed.
Quoting a study by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) on the Marine Drive promenade replacement the Minister said 70 percent of the respondents had expressed satisfaction with the lighting intensity of the replaced lights and 86 percent had said safety of vulnerable groups has been taken care off. He said even on issues such as reducing dark spots on Marine drive, awareness of electricity savings, white colour of the lights and enhancing heritage status of the Queens Necklace the survey reflected a positive opinion of the work done. Shri Goyal said it was planned to complete replacement to LEDs in Mumbai by Dussehra this year. While the Mumbai Municipal Corporation is currently saving Rs 36 lakhs per year ,a 50 percent saving for entire city is expected to save Rs 8 crore for a full year for the local body.
Shri Piyush Goyal said the positive efforts of the Narendra Modi government are in front of the people and the government had by a majority passed the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill 2015 thus reducing the possibility of misuse of natural resources.
Answering a question on why in the recently finalized Coal auctions some blocks had not been allotted to companies who bid, Shri Goyal said in the case of the four Gare Palma blocks the price quoted varied widely from Rs 3,502 per tonne to Rs 3,001 to Rs 2,619 to Rs 1,585. This wide disparity indicated that something was not right with the prices quoted.
The Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill 2015 aims at transparent allocation or auction of the coal mines. Both houses of parliament have passed with majority the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill 2015.While the Rajya Sabha passed it on 20th March 2015 and the Lok Sabha had passed the Bill earlier on 04th March, 2015. The Bill will replace the Ordinance issued by the Government, the first as on 21st October, 2014 and then repromulgated on 26th December, 2014, after the apex court cancelled the allocation of 204 blocks.