Clean energy to light Delhi heritage sites

25th Sep 2012

Solar-powered lights will soon be shining on the most well-known historic monuments of Delhi in a compelling mix of tradition and technology.

In the next few months, six Unesco World Heritage sites including Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort and Qutb Minar will be receiving green energy installations, according to a government announcement.

"We are planning to install solar photovoltaic (SPV) systems on the premises of heritage sites and historical monuments where footfalls are higher," an Indian government official told IANS news agency.

"Now, these monuments and sites will be illuminated at night by solar energy."

Three years ago the electrical system at two famous city landmarks, Safdarjung's Tomb and Jantar Mantar, were changed to solar power. The success of the clean energy initiative is evidenced by officials' decision to choose six additional monuments to illuminate with solar energy.

Officials at Unesco called the scheme positive, but also expressed caution.

A senior Unesco official said: "Our main concern is conservation and preservation of the sites and though the move is positive, it has to be made clear that the interventions do not hamper the value of the sites."

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