More and more of the Indian capital's best known monuments are going to be illuminated by solar energy.
Building on the experience gained in the last three years and keen on promoting the use of environment-friendly solar energy, the Delhi government plans to light more of the capital's historical sites through cheap, plentiful energy from the sun.
The 13th century Qutub Minar, the 17th century Red Fort and the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, all declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are among the six sites where the Delhi government intends to install solar power plants to replace conventional sources of electricity.
The environment-friendly step is designed to promote solar energy use in the capital.
The Jantar Mantar and Safdarjung's Tomb already feature solar powered lighting set up in 2009. Seeing the success at these sites, authorities thought of replicating it at other sites.
Because sites like Humayun's Tomb, the Red Fort and the Qutub Minar fall under the Archaeological Survey of India, the Delhi government will have to get permission from it.
Other sites the Delhi government intends to light up through solar energy are the Jama Masjid, the Old Fort and the Lotus Temple.
*Elements of the above excerpted from “Delhi's monuments will be lit by solar energy” – The Times of India