Jhansi Fort first in UP to be solar-lit
To increase the footfall of tourists visiting Jhansi Fort, the Uttar Pradesh
New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) will take up the task to
illuminate the historical site with solar lights.
Earlier, Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had directed that
historical monuments be lit up with solar lamps. The work on illuminating Jhansi
Fort is expected to begin in July. Once completed it will become the first
historical site in UP to be illuminated by solar power. “The project will not
only save power but will also see optimum use of green energy,” said A K Singh,
Senior Project Officer (Solar lighting), UPNEDA.
The monuments which will be illuminated under this project include Agra Fort,
Taj Mahal Complex, Fatehpur Sikri Complex and Lucknow’s Residency Complex. Each
monument will get Rs 25 lakh for this purpose.
The UPNEDA will invite consultants for preparing a Detailed Project Report
between May and June. “We have also written to the ASI for necessary clearance
and support for the project,” said Singh. If required, the solar panels will be
replaced after five years. The maintenance expenses will be borne by the
district administration or the tourism department, which will be managed through
the ticket sales.