Kalam’s initiative to be launched in the island town on July 19

Fishing boats in Rameswaram will soon have high-beam solar powered lights which will help in averting mid-sea collisions.

The initiative is part of the ‘Rameswaram Solar Power Mission’, an initiative of former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to be launched in the island town on July 19.

A majority of fishing boats in Tamil Nadu still use conventional lanterns while venturing into the sea. There were a few instances of defence or cargo ships running over the boats, resulting in deaths or injuries to fishermen. The mission is being implemented in association with the Ramanathapuram district administration, We Serve Foundation of Stalwart Energy Pvt. LTD and NGOs.

“The house of Dr. Kalam in Rameswaram will be declared a ‘solar house’. A 6-KW solar plant has been installed to provide uninterrupted power supply. The plant will cover the ‘Mission of Life’ gallery and ‘Knowledge Centre’ library of Dr. Kalam on the premises. Many students, tourists and local people visit the gallery and library and power cuts hamper the ambience…,” V. Ponraj, Advisor to the former President, told The Hindu on Thursday. Besides streetlights in Rameswaram, the mission would illuminate the world famous Pamban bridge across the sea with solar lights.

The solar powered house of Dr. Kalam would be inaugurated by Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Controller of Defence (Research and Development), Defence Research and Development Organisation, and CEO of Brahmos Aerospace, on July 19.

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