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Hyderabad plays green card by turning off its lights

May 04, 2008 12:42 PM IST India India

Hyderabad: For an hour, K Vijayalakshmi's family watched the IPL matches by candlelight in Hyderabad on Saturday night. The reason? Hyderabad unplugged!

In an effort to conserve energy, Hyderabad switched off its lights. But even the environmentally-conscious, couldn't resist their love for cricket.

“As a family, we support the cause for global warming. But at the same time, we can't miss the IPL matches. So we've switched off the lights and with the help of a candle, we're balancing the act,” said Vijayalakshmi.

This campaign, supported by the World Wide Fund for nature, hit the Nizam's city for an hour on Saturday from 7.30 pm. But the organizers could not reach their target of conserving about half a million units of power. However, they believe the statistics are not as important as the message they're trying to convey.

WWF Programme Co-ordinator Archana Warren suggested some tips that could be put into practice in daily life.

“When turning on the AC, put it at 23 degrees. It’ll save on your light bills and conserve energy,” she said. “Also, turn off cell phone chargers the moment they are completely charged.”

A few corporates and some government departments came forward to support this cause, and to add a dash of glamour, a Tollywood star.

“I think this is one of the most brilliant ideas I've come across,” enthused Telugu actor Ileana.

Despite the fact that only a handful of areas in the city decided to go dark, the campaign is about spreading awareness.

With inputs from Abinaya Rao