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World Earth Hour: Public Places, Prominent Sites Across India Go ‘Dark’

As part of observing Earth Hour, the lights of the Dr BR Ambedkar Telangana State Secretariat will be switched off

World Earth Hour: Public Places, Prominent Sites Across India Go 'Dark'
The annual event is observed to raise awareness about energy conservation

New Delhi: Lights at public places and prominent sites in various cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, were turned off between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Saturday as part of the global ‘Earth Hour’ event. The annual event is observed to raise awareness about energy conservation. Lights at India Gate and also the famous Akshardham temple in the National Capital were turned off in support of nature and the planet on Saturday between 8:30 pm and 9.30 pm.

According to power distribution company BSES, 206 MW of electricity was saved on account of the Earth Hour in Delhi as a whole.

Last year, Delhi saved 279 MW of electricity during this hour, as per BSES data.

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Similarly, visuals from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus showed lights being switched off for an hour to mark Earth Hour.

In Kolkata, too, the lights of the iconic Howrah Bridge were turned off to mark the annual event observed globally to promote awareness about climate change.

As part of observing Earth Hour, the lights of the Dr BR Ambedkar Telangana State Secretariat will be switched off. Candles were lit in the shape of the number ’60’ symbolising 60 minutes of an hour at the state secretariat during this time.

Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad also joined the nationwide Earth Hour initiative by turning off all lights in its iconic premises, staff colony, officer’s quarters, and administrative building for one hour.

In Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) also observed Earth Hour at the Napier Museum by lighting candles in the shape of the number ’60’ symbolising 60 minutes of an hour.

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The lights at the Assam Legislative Assembly in Guwahati were also turned off to conserve energy, marking Earth Hour. On the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma switched off the lights in his office.

The lights of the District Magistrate office building in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh were also switched off for 1 hour on Earth Hour Day.

Gorakhpur City Magistrate Manglesh Dubey called it a very good initiative and said that everyone was pre-informed about the event.

Through Earth Hour, WWF encourages people worldwide to turn their lights off for 60 minutes to raise awareness about environmental issues.

Started in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is an annual international event, that has been held since 2007 on the last Saturday in March by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

It has grown to become one of the world’s biggest environmental movements, taking action for the planet. The Earth Hour has been observed between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm.

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(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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