It looks like an ordinary boat from appearances but appearances could be deceptive, and, sometimes, pleasantly.
That solar panel gave the boat the power it needed. With that, India got its first solar-powered e-boat.
The PM took a 100 meter round of the River Ganga near the Assi Ghat in the boat. On the bank, he launched 11 of the e-boats for select boatmen.
The government aims at fighting poverty of the boatmen by equipping them with boats that won’t cost them anything instead of “bringing down the price of diesel”.
Ankita Khatri on a boat ride on River Ganges in Varanasi. NewzTrack
According to a report, Khatri met PM Modi for just 15 minutes on December 18 in which she had proposed a total of 11 ideas to make Varanasi a modern, pollution-free and model city.
The idea of using e-boats on the River Ganga was one of them. Khatri feels proud that the PM paid attention to her idea and implemented it in a very short time.
In fact, making cities pollution free is one of the major agendas of the Centre.
Modi even pointed out that the solar-boat scheme for the boatmen community has been named ‘Navik’ in recognition of the efforts of the boatmen themselves.
E-boats are not unusual in developed countries, where some of the most beautifully designed boats are power by solar energy.