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Solar-Powered boats to be launched in Varanasi today by PM Narendra Modi

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi on Sunday to launch ” solar-powered boats” and to distribute e-boats to boatmen of Ganga river . Today(1st ,May 2016), PM Modi will launch the country’s first e-boats in his Lok Sabha constituency. The main plan behind this project is to replace the traditional boats of  holy city  with medium sized solar power battery boats which make it easier for boatmen to row who would only have to steer the boats which run by batteries charged through solar power.


The diesel based engines will be replaced with the solar powered battery boats which reduce air pollution and noise (air pollution) in the environment and make Varanasi ghats to go green. The introduction of “e-boats” is being seen as a remedial measure.This project is to replace diesel boats with  around 3000  solar power e-boats within a year. As of today , He launches only 11 11 solar-powered e-boats at Assi Ghat on river Ganga. This will be the Prime Minister’s third tour of his parliamentary constituency since January this year.

“The aim is to make it 100% green. Since the diesel engines will be done away with, the e-boats will generate no noise,” said Sushanshu Mehta, who has developed the concept and whose foundation has initiated the project.

 Today’s PM Narendra Modi schedule is as follows:

The Prime Minister will arrive at the Babatpur airport from New Delhi by a special aircraft and will leave by helicopter for Ballia in eastern Uttar Pradesh to launch the Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY).The PMUY scheme aims to provide free LPG connections to about five crore families living below poverty line across the country.

From Ballia, the Prime Minister will fly back to Varanasi where will preside over a function to distribute 1000 e-rickshaws to beneficiaries at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) ground.

From Varanasi Modi will visit “Jnana Pravaha”, a centre of cultural studies and research, in Samne Ghat area.This centre was founded by city-borne  philanthropist Bimla Poddar in 1997 , who was conferred with Padma Shri last year. The Jnana Pravaha boasts of a museum with rare artefacts belonging to ancient and medieval ages, a library equipped with rare books and manuscripts and a handicraft atelier where artisans churn out exquisite specimens of brass, copper and Ashtadhatu (An alloy comprising eight metals).

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