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UP govt to give cheaper LED bulbs to those who pay their power bills on time

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Uttar Pradesh government has come up with an innovative idea to conserve energy in its capital city, Lucknow. The state has directed the power companies to distribute LED bulbs to the consumers, who have no dues towards electricity bill, at a cheaper rate. A consumer with a meter load of up to 2KW will get five LED bulbs, while those who have a higher meter load will receive around ten bulbs. This measure has been taken under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) that will provide the consumers with LED bulb worth Rs. 400 at a much cheaper rate of Rs. 135.

This measure would not only influence the consumers to pay their electricity bills on time, but it would also lead to energy conservation. The LED bulbs consume 85% less energy as compared to ordinary bulbs that waste 90% of the energy as heat. Also, LED bulbs are environment- friendly as they do not contain mercury.

When it comes to replacing or buying bulbs, cost is one of the biggest factor which affects people’s decision. Therefore, many people prefer to buy CFLs or incandescent bulbs as they are available at cheaper rates than LEDs. However, what people don’t realize is that the actual cost includes more than the upfront price of the product; how much the product will cost in an overall usage over the years is also an important factor in deciding its actual cost.

It is expected that the step taken by UP government will encourage more people to switch to LED bulbs, which would ultimately lead to conservation of energy. The Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) is preparing a database of consumers for the distribution of bulbs and is planning to start the process in a month.

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UP Man Invents A Shredder Machine To Wipe Out Stubble Burning Issue

Gangaram's this simple innovation could help governments fight the menace of stubble burning

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Bicycle-based machine can crush particles of the crop residue and can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Even as the Centre and the state governments are trying to find a solution to the menace of stubble burning, an innovator from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur claims to have developed a cost effective solution. Ganga Ram Chauhan has invented a bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind elements, including wood, leaves and crop remains into particles of less than 80 mm size. These particles can then be easily converted into compost. The machine costs only around Rs 5,000-6000, he says.

“A scientist Mita Tarafdar asked me to develop a machine for zero waste management. Stubble burning was an issue that I had always wanted to deal with. So I developed a bicycle-based shredder machine. Crushed particles of the crop residue can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. They can sell their bio crops and vegetables at higher prices,” said Ganga Ram Chauhan.

Senior principal scientist Mita Tarafdar, from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (CSIR-NML), said that the machine was kept at the centre and can be improvised to benefit farmers and also check pollution due to the stubble burning.

The 50-year-old Ganga Ram Chauhan constantly keeps innovating and was awarded by the Yogi government in 2018 for his innovations.

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Fumes of smoke seen as farmers burn straw stubble after harvesting the paddy crops in a field. Pixabay

He had developed ‘bogie-rickshaw’ for school children in the year 2000, and has been inventing many useful machines ever since.

“My father was a plumber in Gorakhpur. I am not a science graduate, but technology and invention run in my blood. I had invented a bicycle which can be cycled very easily and its rear tyre does not wear out fast. My invention was approved by the CSIR- NML Jamshedpur and I was awarded for the same by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth last year,” he said.

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Chauhan said: “I am not good at English and do not know the engineering jargon which makes it tough for me to explain and publicise my inventions.”

But, Gangaram’s this simple innovation could help governments fight the menace of stubble burning and may also help curb the rising pollution. (IANS)