Independence Day preparations are going on in full swing in India. The big day is just four days away and there's a lot of excitement among the netizens for it. A statement by the Ministry of Culture read that around 2,500 lamps will be lit at the historic Red Fort from 7:30 pm to 11 pm, starting Friday, in the run-up to Independence Day celebrations.
The statement further said that this will be the first-ever illumination of the historic monument's front fortification wall and its two important gateways--Lahori Gate and Delhi Gate.
This ceremony happened in the presence of Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma today, 11th August 2018.
The Red Fort which is the 17th-century Mughal era monument has lightened up with architectural lighting, which is known as Element Illumination. It will further add to the beauty especially after the sunset, the statement read.
Mahesh Sharma stated, "We have proposed to take up the illumination of all our 100 'Adarsh Smaraks' to highlight the archaeological magnificence of our historical monuments. This will not only make the local residents proud of their heritage, but will also help to promote night tourism in a big way."
Many other prominent [ersonalities were present during this occasion which included Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Usha Sharma, Director General (DG), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Raman Aggarwal, ED (NBCC); and other senior officials from the Culture Ministry.
The National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) had undertaken the work of replacing the present lights on 1.3 km length of parapets and has used around 2,500 lamps to brighten the historic monument.
The new architectural lighting will cast programmed light on components such as domes, ramparts, minarets, arches, and balconies from different directions which will further highlight their architectural details. The new illumination comprises simple yellow and static lighting, the statement said.
A whopping Rs 3 crores were spent to install it and it took about two months to complete the task. The duration of illumination will be 7:30 pm to 11 pm. The illumination has been done using LED lights.
NBCC had partnered with the Archaeological Survey of India for the project to enhance Lal Qila's (Red Fort) architectural splendour after sunset, the statement lastly added.