For the second consecutive year, Mumbai saved 100 MW of power during Earth Hour, as residential and commercial buildings switched off non-essential lights and electric appliances between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday.
“More energy would have been conserved if not for the cricket World Cup quarter-final match,” said an RInfra spokesperson. In its third year, Earth Hour 2011 organised by the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature, saw many pockets celebrate with candlelight marches, cultural programmes and competitions based on green themes.
Landmarks such as Gateway of India, CST and the Air India building also turned off their lights. Ornamental lights on the Bandra-Worli sea link were switched off too. “There has been a four-fold increase in participation this year,” said Goldin Quadros, interim director, WWF-Maharashtra.