Varanasi: The Prime Minister has appealed to the people to voluntarily switch off their lights at 9 pm for nine minutes on Sunday. Some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in the grid and fluctuation in voltage which may harm the electrical appliances.
According to a press statement issued by the ministry of power, these apprehensions are misplaced. The Indian electricity grid is robust and stable and adequate arrangements and protocols are in place to handle the variation in demand.
The appeal of the PM is to simply switch off the lights in their homes. There is no call to switch off either street lights or appliances like Computers, TVs, Fans, Refrigerators and ACs in the homes. Only lights should be switched off.
The lights in Hospitals and all other essential services like Public Utilities, Municipal Services, Offices, Police Stations, Manufacturing Facilities, etc will remain on. The call given by the is to just switch off lights in residences. All local bodies have been advised to keep the street lights on for public safety.