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Lights to go off for `Earth Hour` on 27th March

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 15:53

New Delhi: Its time to plan for a candle
light dinner for Saturday as Delhi will join other world
cities in observing the `Earth Hour` by turning off the lights
for one hour from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

With almost 50 million supporters across the globe and a
network in over 100 countries, the annual `Earth Hour`
initiative, organized by World Wide Fund for Nature, has
emerged as one of the largest global campaigns to combat
climate change.

Pledging its support to the initiative, the city
government has already started a campaign asking people to
observe the event by switching off all the lights and
electrical appliances for an hour tomorrow.

"I appeal to all the residents to observe the Earth Hour
Saturday. We have already launched a campaign to make the
event a great success," Delhi Environment Secretary Dharmendra
said.

He said the Government had already asked shopping malls,
hotels, restaurants, educational institutions and major
markets to observe the event which is celebrated across major
cities of the world on the last Saturday of March annually to
pledge support for protecting the environment.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, herself a strong votary of
eco-friendly measures, will participate in an event at the
lawns of the India Gate and switch off the lights there at
8:30 pm.

"I can assure you that all the households can have
romantic candle light dinners sitting at their homes on March
27," Dikshit had said at a function organised by WWF.

City Discoms BSES and NDPL have also pledged their
support to the `Earth Hour` initiative and appealed to their
consumers to observe the event.

"On NDPL`s part we have undertaken a campaign for
consumer sensitization which includes putting up of posters,
hoardings, banners at all customer touch points," said an NDPL
official.

Several hotels and malls have also announced their
support to the initiative and plan to organize special
events.

An official of the InterContinental Hotels Group said the
hotel will encourage in-house guests to switch off lights in
their rooms and join the `guestogether` parties being hosted
by them between 8:30 and 9:30pm.

Hotel `Crowne Plaza Today` in Gurgaon will turn off all
the non-essential lights to mark the Earth Hour and organise a
candlelight dinner for their guests.

The WWF India said the event will also be celebrated in
Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Chennai and Kolkata,
apart from several other cities where people will be urged to
turn off the lights in their homes and offices for a hour.

It said Delhi and Mumbai will be leading the country in
making the campaign a success in India. Both the cities had
observed the event last year and saved a total of 1,000 MW of
power.

Started in Sydney in Australia in 2007, the `Earth Hour`
had become a global event in 2008 with participation of 35
countries. India joined the Earth Hour campaign last year.

Delhi alone had saved 700 MW of power by supporting the
campaign.

In 2009, millions of people took part in the third Earth
Hour. Over 4,000 cities in 88 countries officially switched
off lights to pledge their support for saving the planet.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 15:53

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