Like famous monuments the world over, some of Delhi’s landmarks like Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, Sher Shah Gate, Sabz Burj and Akshardham temple were plunged into darkness for an hour — between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday night to observe Earth Hour.
However, in most of the commercial and residential localities of the Capital, Earth Hour threw up a mixed bag. While some areas like RK Puram, Kailash Colony, Vasant Vihar and Greater Kailash went pitch black, most others, like Vasundhara Enclave, Mayur Vihar, Janakpuri, Rajinder Nagar, Dwarka, Patparganj and Sarojini Nagar did not join the global campaign.
Most houses and commercial establishments in these areas remained lit up during the one hour period.
Also, residents of over a dozen areas like Dwarka, Rajinder Nagar, Hari Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Paschim Vihar and Mayur Vihar involuntarily joined the drive — with power going off in their area following a storm and rain that lashed the city.
“With an hour-long outage in our area, there was no need for us to go out of our way to join the Earth Hour campaign. And this is not the only day. Power cuts during evening hours are very frequent in our area,” said RP Sinha, a resident of Paschim Vihar.
The scene was the same in Delhi’s neigbourhood — Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad. “Power went off in our area at 8 pm and returned only at 10 pm. So, we did not have much of a choice but to participate in Earth Hour,” said Sonia Rastogi, a resident of Sector 24, Noida.
At Dilli Haat, a concert was organised before the commencement of the hour, in which there was a performance by Shovna Narayan’s dance troupe and also a performance by famous percussionists, The Beat of India.
At the venue, hundreds of people lit candles as part of the awareness campaign.
Those who did not attend the concert, observed indoors. “Earth Hour is a cause we feel for, so at our paying guest accommodation we got pastries, chips and soda, and all twenty of us spent the hour dancing, joking and generally having fun. Not only was it a great bonding session, but also a reminder to us on how important it is to save electricity, as we discussed how, often, we leave the bathroom and corridor lights on at night while sleeping,” said Surbhi Shrivastava, a paying guest in Amar Colony.
Residents of Asiad Village Society, Siri Fort had left no stone unturned. “We had made posters and put them up all over. As a result, we had active participation,” said Aditya Raj Kaul, a resident.
Like several other housing societies, DLF Luxury Homes also switched off all lights. “We had a potluck dinner, and a painting competition on newspapers for the children of our society on the theme of Mother Earth,” said Priyadarshini Vij, a resident.