UPSC PRELIMS 2019 : India’s first solar cruise vessel to be rolled out soon

India’s first solar cruise vessel to be rolled out soon

Topic : India’s first solar cruise vessel to be rolled out soon

Topic in Syllabus: Infrastructure

 

Kerala is gearing up for the launch of the country’s premier solar-powered cruise boat by December.

 

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India’s first solar cruise vessel to be rolled out soon

The initiative comes from the State Water Transport Department (SWTD), whose solar ferry Aditya in the Vaikom-Thavanakadavu route has proved to be a success.

The ₹3-crore cruise boat that can carry 100 passengers is under construction at a boatyard in Aroor and comes from the stable of the builders of Aditya.

It will be rolled out in Alappuzha in December.

 

About Solar Cruise Vessel:

  • The hybrid vessel will be powered by a motor that can source energy from solar panels, battery, and generator.
  • Its battery will have 80 KWh (kilowatt hour) power backup, as compared to 50 KWh backup in Aditya
  • The double-deck, double-engine catamaran-type vessel adheres to norms specified by the Indian Registry of Shipping (IRS).

 

Benefits

  • Fuel efficient: Aditya incurs a rock-bottom energy expense of ₹200 a day, as compared to the approximately ₹8,000 needed for diesel-powered ferries.
  • Solar vessels do not create air and noise pollution
  • Reduce operational cost

 

Sample Question

India’s first solar-powered cruise boat to be rolled out in which of the following states?

a. Karnataka

b. Kerala

c. Andhra Pradesh

d. Tamil Nadu

 

Answer: b