Not many from the city took part in the global 60+ Earth Hour, under which lights were to be put out between 8.30pm and 9.30pm to save energy, on Saturday. The city managed to save only 40MW, according to the data obtained by Tata Power officials using the power system control centre.
While Tata Power consumers saved 14MW, Reliance Energy consumers from the suburbs saved 8MW, much lower than last year’s 14.5MW. There was no data available on the energy saved by the BEST.
However, not everyone ignored the initiative. Three hundred people took part in a candle-light vigil organised by the Young Environmentalists Programme, a not-for-profit, at the Meluha hotel in Powai. “More than 50 buildings in Powai switched off the lights. Actor Hrishita Bhatt joined the initiative to spread awareness about solar lanterns,” said Elsie Gabriel, founder, YEP.
More than 33,000 students across 66 schools in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune and Bangalore participated in a weeklong initiative organised by Tata Power, by switching off all non-essential electrical gadgets. Anil Sardana, MD and CEO, Tata Power, said, “We celebrated the Earth Hour by undertaking a nationwide ‘Batti Bandh’.”
The Leela group showed their support by switching off the lights decorating the building and dimming the lights inside. Nirzar Jain, vice-president, Oberoi Mall, said, “The mall façade lightings were switched off.”
Residents of Powai organised a series of football matches, Kick, on an astro-turf rink in Powai. “Staying outdoors really helped,” said Ishan Varma, 12, a resident of Powai. “The matches went on for around two hours. It felt great to do our bit,” said Nishant Chawla, a Powai resident.