New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with a host of global leaders on Tuesday inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park and Gandhi Peace Garden at the United Nations headquarters.
On the day of the inauguration, a meeting was convened by India on ‘Leadership Matters — Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World.’
Upholding the spirit of Gandhi on his 150th birth year, the global leaders including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Andre Holness of Jamaica, Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore jointly launched them by placing their hands on a glass globe.
The globe was lit with lights powered by solar energy and a video of the park was shown. Notably, the total cost of Gandhi Solar Park was $1 million. It was estimated to carry output of 50 kilowatts of electricity. Located on the roof of the Conference Building at the UN headquarters, the solar facility was India’s gift to the UN. It must be noted that the park runs on clean energy.
Besides the solar park, India also gifted the Gandhi Peace Garden at a university campus in Old Westbury to showcase India’s commitment to the environment. Under this initiative, the Consulate General of India in New York, Long Island-based NGO Shanti Fund and the State University of New York – Old Westbury have mutually agreed to plant 150 trees.
Accepting the gifts, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres thanked India. He was quoted by news agency IANS as saying, “I commend those who have decided to pay tribute to Gandhi’s legacy by marking this anniversary with a project connected to one of the Sustainable Development Goals — a fitting way to honour this most action-oriented leader.”