Noida, Ghaziabad asked to switch to power saving mode

July 23rd, 2008 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Noida/Ghaziabad, July 23 (IANS) Concerned over rising demand leading to power cuts, authorities have urged Noida residents to switch over to energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and minimize the use of incandescent bulbs and tubelights. The district administration feels this step would go a long way in ensuring 24-hour power supply and averting a major power crisis in the satellite township.

“Noida’s electricity demand is growing by the day and five years from now, the demand will further rise as the population will grow multifold. It is therefore necessary that people start using CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs and tubelights,” a senior district administration official said.

The Delhi and Haryana governments have also decided to promote the use of CFLs in the two states and restrict the use of bulbs in household and commercial spaces, as advised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).

The power departments of Noida and Ghaziabad have also written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on promoting the use of CFLs in the state.

K.G. Puri, deputy general manager of Uttar Pradesh Power corporation Ltd (UPPCL) (Noida Division), said: “We have been urging people to use energy saving equipments like CFLs.”

S.N. Yadav, superintending engineer of UPPCL (Ghaziabad Division), added: “Power demand in the city is rising every day. With multi-dimensional growth and setting up of new townships in the area, the population burden on the city is only going to increase in the years ahead. Already, we are facing an acute shortage of power. Even the electricity generation in the city is much below the desired mark.”

A senior official of the district administration said, “Residences, schools and institutes and government offices will be soon issued circulars in this regard. If the government provides us some grants, we can even supply CFLs free of cost.”

Ghaziabad District Magistrate Deepak Agarwal said, “We are very keen on promoting CFL lamps, which will considerably save energy and solve power crisis. We are urging the residents and educating them about the use of CFL lamps, which are an effective means to conserve energy.”

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