AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Power on Saturday issued an advisory on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to switch off lights for 9 minutes on April 5 at 9pm. The ministry in its release clarified that the apprehensions concerning instability in the power grid due to the switching off lights 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 release read.
The advisory added that the call to switch off lights is a voluntary one which does not apply to street lights or appliances like computers, TVs, fans, refrigerators and ACs in the homes. “Only lights should be switched off,” the advisory stated.
It further said that 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 is only applicable to residences, the ministry clarified.
On Friday morning, the Prime Minister released a video message and urged all countrymen to switch off their lights for 9 minutes at 9pm on April 5. He urged all citizens to light diyas, candles or flash the light of their phones as a sign of solidarity in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.