Lighting makes monuments glow

Staff Reporter

`Illumination of monuments should give an aesthetic look to the building'

BANGALORE: Can you imagine how the Virupaksha temple, the Vittala temple or any other heritage monument in Hampi, Belur or Halebid will look without modern lighting?

It should be possible to view the structures as aesthetically as the original architects meant them to be with the right illumination.

A.P. Joshi, Superintending Engineer (Electrical), Central Public Works Department, who on Thursday made a presentation on "Lighting of heritage monuments" at the ongoing European Union Light India Programme organised as part of the Asia Invest initiative, said the illumination of monuments in Hampi was completed last year.

"The project is based on the `bottom-lit' concept that lends a self-glow effect to the monuments. Because of the placement of lamps in close proximity to the buildings, we have used low wattage bulbs. The ceiling has been kept free of wiring to ensure minimum light pollution," he said.

Apart from the heritage monuments in Hampi, the CPWD has also illuminated the Chitradurga fort, the Kumbhalgarh fort of Mewar and various Jain and Hindu temples within the fort and also the Ajanta caves. Some of these monuments have been illuminated using optic fibres, Mr. Joshi said.

BSNL Chief Engineer (Electrical) Pradeep Nettur, who made a presentation on "Energy saving techniques adopted by BSNL's Karnataka Circle," said traditional transformers were replaced by dry-type energy-efficient transformers in the new telecom building located adjacent to the Vidhana Soudha and the Legislators' Home in the Bangalore. This had resulted in a saving of Rs. 1,17,306 annually for BSNL, he said.

"We in BSNL Karnataka Circle have taken up energy conservation as a mission. All our field officials are engaged in vigorous pursuit of saving energy to ensure national growth and environmental protection. We have also bagged the National Energy Conservation Award, 2006," he said.

Jayachandran from GE Lighting made a presentation on lighting of the Sawai Mansingh Cricket Stadium in Jaipur.

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