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Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP); UJALA scheme;
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January 06, 2020


Government Schemes & Policies

  • Fifth anniversary of UJALA and SLNP
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Government Schemes & Policies

Fifth anniversary of UJALA and SLNP

The Centre plans to replace around 1.34 crore conventional streetlights with LED bulbs across the country by March 2020 under the LED Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP).

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  • Under the SLNP programme, over 1.03 crore `smart` LED streetlights have been installed till date, enabling an estimated energy savings of 6.97 billion kWh (kilowatt hour) per year.

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  • Under UJALA programme, 36.13 crore LED bubs have been distributed so far. This helped in reducing the green house gas emission by 38 million tonnes annually.

UJALA scheme

  • The year 2020 is the fifth anniversary of the Centre`s zero subsidy `Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All` (UJALA) scheme and `LED Street Lighting National Programme` (SLNP).


  • The Central Government’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) was launched in January 2015.


  • Under the programme around 3.5 crore conventional street lights will be replaced with smart and energy efficient LED street lights by March 2019.
  • The programme aims to install LED bulbs street-lighting across different cities in the country. The LED lights will replace inefficient lamps.
  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI) is the implementing agency for SLNP.
  • EESL also undertakes social audits in all states post the completion of the project.

Objectives of the programme:

  • Reduce energy consumption in lighting which helps DISCOMs to manage peak demand
  • Mitigate climate change by implementing energy efficient LED based street lighting
  • Provide sustainable service model that obviates need for upfront capital investment as well as additional revenue expenditure to pay for procurement of LED lights.
  • Enhance municipal services at no upfront capital cost of municipalities


  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is a joint venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and POWERGRID, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) was set up under Ministry of Power (India) to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects.

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`Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All` (UJALA) is a flagship project of the Govt. of India where it wants every home in India to use LED bulbs so that the net power or energy consumption rate comes down and the carbon emission rates can also be checked.


  • The main objective of scheme is to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills and preserve environment.
  • It is LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP). Under it, LED Bulbs are distributed.
  • Its purpose is not only to help reduce electricity bills of consumers but also contribute to energy security of India.
  • It is being implemented by EESL, a joint venture of PSUs under Union Ministry of Power.
  • LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8-10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings.
  • The Ujala scheme uses economy of scale and a sustainable market mechanism.
  • It is globally one of the largest efficiency programmes.
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