In a video message on Thursday, PM Modi made an appeal to the nation.
“On April 5, Sunday, at 9 pm, I want 9 minutes from all of you. Turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors or balconies and light candles, diya (lamp) or mobile flashlights for 9 minutes.” Said PM Modi.
But soon after the request the state electricity boards expressed concern that sudden mass power fluctuations – when millions turn off light at the same time – could lead to power surges.
However Govt Issue a statement to allay fears. “There is no call to switch off street lights, computers or appliances such as TV sets, fans, refrigerators and air-conditioners in the homes,” the government said.
“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 statement read.