City of Lights unplugs for Earth


KARACHI – Despite having intermittent power outages throughout the day thanks to the KESC, the city witnessed another blackout from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday – albeit of a special kind.
As millions of energy-conscious people across the world celebrated the Earth Hour 2011, 31 major buildings in the province with 14 in the city, including national landmarks and strategic installations, plunged into darkness.
The Chief Minister’s House, the Governor’s House, Sindh Secretariat No 1, 2, 3 and New Sindh Secretariat No 6 including 4A and 4 B barracks, old State Bank Building, the Sindh Assembly, the MPA hostel, the Environment and Alternative Energy Department building, the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) building at Civic Centre, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board offices, old KMC Building, all CDGK buildings in 18 towns of the city and the Quaid’s Mausoleum, all plunged into darkness in an act to express concern over climatic changes, energy crises and to show love for the planet by the electricity-starved nation.
During the 60-minute blackout, the main Earth Hour ceremony was held at the Mazar-e-Quaid, where enthusiast, including parliamentarians, celebrities, writers, journalists, government officials and nature conservationists, lit candles and earthern lamps