A deeper look into Goa’s first solar ferry

Goa’s first electric-cum-solar ferry boat will start sailing by the month of October. The river navigation department (RND) is open to the idea of using it for evening cruises on the Mandovi and Zuari rivers. The keel of the ferryboat has already been laid. It will be able to carry 60 passengers and has a speed of 12 knots.

The river navigation department, however, is concerned about the feasibility of this project as the solar-powered boat costs more than Rs.4 crore to construct while the normal diesel-consuming ferries only cost around Rs.60 to 70 lakh to manufacture.

“We are looking at two options. One is to revive the Panaji-Aldona route for passengers and we are also open to cruises along the Mandovi and Zuari rivers,” an official revealed. “We will see the performance of the solar ferry for six months to a year and then decide what to do.”

In 2018, a delegate from Goa visited Kerala which was the first state to have solar-powered vessels in the country. After that, the delegate decided to try that project out in Goa. On a related note, the RND is gradually stopping older ferry boats and putting out newer ones on Goa’s ferry routes to ensure passenger safety.

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