Shillong, Feb 10 (PTI) Meghalaya cabinet today decidedto make it mandatory the use of compact fluorescent lamps andlight-emitting diodes (LED) bulbs in all government andgovernment-aided buildings in the state.
After chairing a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister MukulSangma said this initiative is likely to help the governmentto save 70 per cent of the energy consumed in such buildings.
"There are products available which help conserveenergy. These innovations such as CFL and LED bulbs will helpin reducing the power consumption. We will implement thetransition in a phase manner," Sangma said.
The government also decided to use energy-efficientirrigation sets and motor pumps in the buildings.
"The cabinet also decided to consider use of solarenergy in street lights in urban areas," he said.
These initiatives, besides helping save power, willalso relieve the burden of paying huge bills by civic bodies.
Sangma said the energy saved in government sectorcould be sold at better price for industrial purpose.