Shirdi’s Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has come up with a slew of eco-friendly initiatives to mark its centenary from October 1.
Its most interesting initiative, the foot energy project, aims to use the footsteps of devotees to generate power to light fans and bulbs. With over 50,000 devotees flocking to the temple daily, the pilot project will not be short of foot power.
Suresh Haware, the chairman of the trust, was quoted as saying, “This project will be the first in India. Over 50,000 devotees visit the temple every day. If we convert their walking energy into electrical energy, we will be able to light bulbs and fans which are installed near the queue. The first phase will be completed within two months. If the model becomes successful, then it can set an example for such initiatives to be implemented in [other] public places.”
Innovation For Mankind is the company tasked with installing the tiles that will collect the energy produced by foot traffic. On average, 20 watts of energy will be generated by each person, according to reports.
In addition to the foot energy project, the trust is making incense sticks from flower waste and planting 100,000 trees in and around Shirdi and Nashik.