23 Feb 2024

PM Modi in Varanasi: India achieves a new milestone in clean energy and responsible tourism

India achieved a new milestone in clean energy and responsible tourism today. During an event in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation two hybrid electric catamaran (rowing) vessels – MV Guh and MV Nishadraj- built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) through Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW).

MV Guh will sail on Saryu and MV Nishadraj on Ganga

MV Guh will sail on the River Saryu in Ayodhya, and MV Nishadraj on the River Ganga in Varanasi. These state-of-the-art vessels, with a seating capacity of 50 passengers each, are powered by fast-charging batteries and are designed to reduce carbon emissions by 400 MT annually.  These green vessels will promote religious tourism in the state. Indigenously built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, they will now be operated by the Uttar Pradesh government.

Cities are embracing water transport

Urban water transport in India is gaining momentum as a sustainable solution for easing congestion and reducing pollution in metropolitan areas. With initiatives like the development of waterways and introduction of modern vessels, cities are embracing water transport to enhance connectivity and promote eco-friendly commuting options.

Along with this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated four community jetties on the ghats of Varanasi and laid the foundation stone for 13 community jetties along National Waterway 1 (NW 1) in Varanasi and National Waterway 110 in Mathura and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

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