Beginning today, four historic monuments in Delhi will turn energy efficient

Beginning October, four historical landmarks in the Capital — India Gate, King George Canopy, Purana Quila and the Khairul Manzil Masjid opposite Purana Quila, will go energy efficient. As a precursor to the Light India Exhibition organised by ELCOMA and Messe-Frankfurt to be held at Pragati Maidan from October 5 to 8 at Pragati Maidan, four companies have decided to illuminate these monuments free of cost for at least a period of six months through sanction from the CPWD and ASI, according to Shyam Sujan, secretary general, ELCOMA (Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association of India).

While Phillips will be in charge of the lighting at India Gate, Crompton Greaves has taken up Purana Quila. Bajaj will be lighting up Khairul Manzil Masjid, and Wipro the King George Canopy.

At India Gate, sodium vapour lamps will be used to focus directly on the monument, and latest high lumen sodium vapour lamps with extra high reflecting luminaries will be used to reduce glare and wattage consumption. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, eternal flame and memorial objects inside the arches will be lit by high-intensity LED lamps and luminaries specially designed to focus a narrow beam of white light. Head – Marketing, Phillips Lighting, Sumeet Joshi says, “We propose not only to focus attention on this landmark monument but also to illuminate the fountains and trees surrounding the monument to add emphasis to the whole area that thousands of people visit in the evening hours.”

The exquisite architecture of the red stone gate of Khairul Manzil Masjid, one of Delhi’s finest mosques, built by Maham Begum (the foster mother of Akbar and biological mother of Adam Khan) will be lit up with coloured lights, LED luminaries and induction luminaries

The lighting up of the longest visible stretch of Purana Quila’s façade facing Mathura Road will be executed by Crompton Greaves using high-intensity sodium lighting, while the two ends will be washed in LED extra-white light.

Vice President, Wipro, Dilip Basole says the George V Canopy will be “given an aesthetic lighting to ensure that it is not overlooked by the brightly lit India Gate.” The specially designed luminaries will ensure the red sandstone canopy of George V is lit up using LEDs to give a floating effect to the structure at night.