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India's first solar boat launched in Kochi

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  1. bharathp

    bharathp Developers Guild IDF NewBie

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    this question was answered in Lok Sabha today:


    Statement referred to in reply to parts (a) to (e) of LokSabha Starred Question No.67 for 20.07.2017 raised by Shri AnandraoAdsul& Shri ShrirangAppaBarne, M.Ps on “Development of Waterways”

    (a)to(e):Under the National Waterways Act, 2016, a total of 111 National Waterways (NWs), including the five existing NWs, spread across 24 States have been declared simultaneously. This Act came into force with effect from 12th April, 2016. The names and the length of the NWs are at Annexure. No new NWs are proposed to be declared at present.
    The quantity of goods transported through the operational NWs during the last three years is given below:
    <pre>
    (In million tonnes)
    Year NW -1 NW-2 NW-3 NWs in Goa# NWs in Maharashtra# Total
    2014-15 5.05 0.52 0.96 - 6.53
    2015-16 6.24 0.60 1.06 - - 7.90
    2016-17* 4.62 0.61 1.03 15.65 33.29 55.20
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    * Provisional
    # Inland Waterways of these states declared as ‘National Waterways’ on 12th April, 2016.

    As compared to roads and railways, the investment in the Inland Water Transport (IWT) mode had remained low. Consequently, the potential of IWT was under utilised and its share in total inland cargo transport remained insignificant. In addition to the enactment of the National Waterways Act, 2016, the following steps have been taken in the last three years to develop IWT as an environment-friendly, economical and supplementary mode of transport:-

    i) The Jal Marg Vikas Project has been undertaken at a cost of Rs.5369 crore with support of the World Bank to strengthen the navigation capacity and promote transportation of cargo and passengers on National Waterway – 1 (River Ganga) on the stretch from Haldia to Varanasi. The project includes construction of multi modal terminals at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sahibganj (Jharkhand) and Haldia (West Bengal) and a new navigational lock at Farraka (West Bengal).

    ii) On NW-2 (River Brahmaputra), Roll on-Roll of (RO-RO) services between Dhubri and Hatsingimari have commenced, reducing the circuitous road route of 220 km via Jogighopa to reach Hatsingimari.

    iii) Construction of a slipway at Pandu (Assam) with December, 2018 as the target date of completion. This will be the first dry dock repair facility in the NE Region. Presently, the vessels plying on NW -2 need to sail to Kolkata for dry dock repairs and maintenance.

    iv) On NW-4, Phase-I development of the stretch between Muktyala to Vijayawada (82 kms) has commenced. This will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the new capital city Amravati (during its early development stage) of Andhra Pradesh as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch of NW-4.
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    v) An MoU has been signed between India and Bangladesh on 08.04.2017 for dredging and development of Sirajganj – Daikhowa and Ashuganj – Zakiganj stretch on the Indo – Bangladesh Protocol route in Bangladesh to facilitate critical connectivity between National Waterway – 1 (river Ganga) and National Waterway – 2 (River Brahmaputra) and enable movement of vessels from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh up to Sadiya in Assam via Bangladesh.
    Under the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) Act, 1985, IWAI has been mandated to develop NWs for the purpose of shipping and navigation in the country.
    The funding for development of NWs are met from the Government’s Budgetary Support (through Grants to IWAI), External Budgetary Resources (EBRs) by raising bonds, loan from the World Bank and through private sector participation. Funds are allocated for development projects on NWs and not State wise. National Waterway wise expenditure during the last three years is given in the Table below:
    National Waterways wise Expenditure
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    (Rs. in Crores)
    Sl. No. National Waterway No. 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
    (Provisional)
    1. NW-1 64.7974 189.3316 385.87
    2. NW-2 (North East Pool) 37.341 79.3928 78.65
    3. NW-3 10.6606 8.3173 9.11
    4. NW-4 1.7906 2.5697 0.98
    5. NW-5 0.6186 3.8514 27.46
     
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    Just some really world problems that needs to be solved first, Hope the Solar Panels will help

    Varanasi: Men given e-boats by PM find recharging batteries difficult

    Two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed 11 battery-powered e-boats at the Assi Ghat here, the boatmen are facing trouble in getting their batteries recharged.

    Each e-boat has a set of six batteries that weigh around 180kg. The boatmen have to lug them up the ghat stairs to reach the power points.

    “The e-boats may reduce pollution in the Ganga but it is very tough to take the batteries for a recharge. Several times, the boats were stopped in the middle of the ride and we were left with no option but to use ores,” says Murat Sahni, one of the 11 beneficiaries at Assi Ghat. The boatmen have urged the government to get their boats fitted with solar panels.

    Boatman Virendra Nishad said, “We were told that the boats will run on solar power but there is no facility available. If the government installs solar panels over the boats, sunlight will help recharge the batteries. Then we won’t have to carry heavy batteries for recharge.” Modi took a ride on Nishad’s boat during the launch.

    Many boatmen doubt the feasibility of the concept of e-boats in the Ganga. Ramesh Sahni, a boatman at the Dashaswamedh Ghat, said, “These e-boats are fit for steady water like ponds... They can’t run in strong currents.”

    However, experts lauded the Centre’s effort to reduce pollution in the river. “For every necessary change, there is a need to experiment. These e-boats can prove an important experiment in freeing Ganga from the pollution by diesel-engine boats,” said professor PN Gupta, department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University.

    Sanjay Bhardwaj, East UP BJP media in-charge, said, “Some boatmen have complained of battery charging problem. We will find a solution soon.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...s-difficult/story-7RcC3BagtIy0LVpbZcP0RI.html
     
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    Very different, These are not solar but regular battery powered.
     
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    Yes I know that is why i said in the first line!

    "Just some really world problems that needs to be solved first, Hope the Solar Panels will help"

    Second even if they are solar powered isn't batteries used still???? and how will this solve the issue the user has said = “These e-boats are fit for steady water like ponds... They can’t run in strong currents.”
     
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    You need enough roof top area to fit good number of solar panels, which boats may not have compared to a ferry.
     
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    That's not problem in the Vembanad lake where these are used....

    also 14kmph is the top speed.
     
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    Interesting, this was introduced by a relatively small marine ship design company based at kochi, with french collaboration... What are the big names in the industry doing ?

    http://www.navgathi.com/
     
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    I wouldn't know, it is what mentioned in the article (post #17. ) + the question to whether solar can work on a ferry with sufficient power

    Has anyone visited this place,they can verify?
     
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    On technical side ,they have been designed this with a specific chara .Look at all specific terms ,but when we use diesel engine speed can be regulated from top to bottom according to our needs .

    Solar system is good and we can afford some stable condition in water transport .
    So it can delivers according to its design and environment is prime important here
     
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    It is in commercial operation now.
     

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