India’s first solar boat ‘Aditya’ successfully completes 150 days of voyage

Kochi: The country’s first solar ferry boat ‘Aditya’ deployed in Vaikom –Tavanakadavu section by the State Water Transport Department (SWTD) in Alappuzha district has successfully completed 150 days of voyage. Sceptics who doubted its ability to operate on a large scale under cloudy and rainy conditions have been proved wrong.

“During the rainy days (when very limited energy from the sun was available) too, we could conduct the normal service of 22 trips with grid charging being done during break. The boat completed 150 days of voyage as on June 12 (inaugurated on January 12), conducting a total of 3,058 trips with 2.3 lakh passengers travelling in it,” said Traffic Superintendent (Ernakulam region) M. Sujith.

 The actual daily cost of operation was as low as Rs 163 as against the average daily fuel expense of Rs 6,500 and maintenance cost of Rs 500 for a fuel operated boat.

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