Alappuzha Backwaters To Get India’s First Solar Ferry

A 75-seater solar-powered passenger ferry, the first of its kind in the country, is quietly taking shape at Aroor in Alappuzha district. The boat is expected to be commissioned within the next three months.

This boat is being built by NavAlt, a Kochi-based joint venture, in collaboration with a French company. The cost of the Rs.1.7-crore boat will make no noise or cause any pollution, unlike the diesel powered ones. It may work out to be a cheaper option too. An ordinary boat, made of steel and with a carrying capacity of 75 passengers, may cost around Rs.1.9 crore.

Extra info: 
  • The 20 metre long, 7 metre wide boat, with a maximum cruising speed of 7.5 knots, is to be deployed in the backwaters of Alappuzha by the Kerala State Water Transport Department (KSWTD).
  • The solar boat will also be eligible for subsidy from the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • The boat will be capable of plying the waters for 5-6 hours on normal sunny days.
  • The KSWTD plans to operate the boat in the 2.5 km-long Vaikkom-Thavanakkadavu route.

So let’s do:
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Source – The Hindu


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