New Delhi: In a rare event, the Rashtrapati
Bhavan today plunged into darkness to mark the Earth Hour and
joined millions of people across the globe who observed the
All the lights at the imposing structure, situated at
the top of Raisina Hill in the national capital, were switched
During this one hour period, all non-essential lights in
the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President`s Estate and also the
family wing of President Pratibha Patil were switched off, a
Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.
"The Residents Welfare Association of the President`s
estate has been involved in preparations for observation of
Earth Hour," the spokesperson said.
Organised by World Wide Fund for Nature, the `Earth
Hour` is celebrated across major cities of the world on the
last Saturday of March annually by turning off non-essential
lights and electrical appliances for one hour from 8:30 pm to
Throughout the last year, efforts have been made under
the Roshini Programme to reduce consumption of electricity in
the main building of Rashtrapati Bhavan as well in the
President`s Estate. There was a reduction of 22.3 per cent in
electricity consumption and reduction of 16.8 per cent in the
total number of units consumed, as compared to calendar year
2009, the statement said.
As a result, savings on electricity consumption were
approximately Rs 1.64 crore and about 26 lakh units were
saved, it added.