Patna: Bihar Health Minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav has come up with another brilliant idea to fight pollution: Replacing streetlights with jugnoos to reduce Bihar’s carbon footprint.
After seeing the huge debate around India in the Paris climate summit, pollution has become a key talking point across India with various states taking actions on it. Car free days have started in places like Haryana and Delhi. Delhi will also implement the Odd Even Formula from 1st January to reduce pollution.
Bihar Government has also become serious about it and is thinking up various steps to combat pollution. First Tej Pratap Yadav suggested horse riding instead of using a car to reduce pollution as well as traffic and now he has targeted street lights.
Speaking to the media, Mr Yadav said, “Look at all the heat emitted by these street lights. One 400W street light is contributing thousands of Kilograms of CO2 to the atmosphere every year. Imagine the total CO2 emission across the state. We can remove all that by simple hanging jars full of Jugnoos (Fireflies) on poles.”
“This will help in job creation as well with the new industry of jugnoo-keeping along the lines of bee-keeping. We have also requested centre government’s help in funding this jugnoo-keeping industry. Right now they are wasting money with LED lighting when we have this free natural light of fireflies available with us.”, the health minister went on to add.
Meanwhile, Tej Pratap’s father and RJD supremo lalu Prasad Yadav isn’t very happy with this proposal. Reportedly, he has asked all street lights to be replaced by his election symbol Lantern.
As per sources, Mr Tej Pratap Yadav was earlier planning to place happydent eating people on top of the poles but that plan was shelved once they found out that there aren’t enough Biharis left in Bihar for all the poles in the state.