Dy­namic light­ing sys­tem for North Block, South Block

The Hitavada - - NATION -

THE North Block and the South Block -- two iconic build­ings that flank the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van in Delhi -- would be a vis­ual treat with a dy­namic light­ing sys­tem dis­play­ing a wide range of themes with up to 16 mil­lion colour com­bi­na­tions.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and sev­eral Union Min­is­ters at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the new light­ing sys­tem by se­nior­most sup­port staff of the Home Min­istry, Mahipal Singh, on Wed­nes­day. Th­ese build­ings at present are il­lu­mi­nated on eight select days through the year -in­clud­ing Repub­lic Day and In­de­pen­dence Day -- with static light­ing, which cov­ered an area of 16,750 square me­tres. The Pres­i­dent’s House will also be lit with such a sys­tem within three months. The new dy­namic fa­cade light­ing, which will cover an area of 21,450 square me­tres, will mes­merise the vis­i­tors with full­ca­pac­ity light­ing between 8 pm to 9 pm. The ini­tia­tive will add the two build­ings to the league of other his­tor­i­cal sites such as the Eif­fel Tower in Paris.

The dy­namic light­ing has been in­stalled by the Cen­tral Pub­lic Works Depart­ment.

“The sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing both vol­ume and fo­cus light­ing to high­light the ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures of the his­tor­i­cal build­ings, a fine blend of the tra­di­tional In­dian and Bri­tish ar­chi­tec­ture,” the of­fi­cial added.

An­nual sav­ings on ac­count of new light­ing with re­spect to re­place­ment, main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion costs will be Rs 86.40 lakh, he said. Be­sides, he said, the life of the new LED light fit­tings is ex­pected to be over one lakh burn­ing hours, com­ing to about 25 years as against only 10,000 burn­ing hours for the ex­ist­ing sys­tem. The en­ergy con­sump­tion of the new sys­tem will cost Rs 8.40 lakh per year, the of­fi­cial said, adding it would be “much less” as com­pared to the con­ven­tional light­ing.


A view of the new dy­namic fa­cade light­ing of North Block af­ter its in­au­gu­ra­tion, in New Delhi on Wed­nes­day.

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