After opulent cruise ships, Ro-Ro vessels, and CNG fuel for boats, Kashi is set to soon have the nation’s first hydrogen-fueled water taxis in the Ganga.
According to official sources, the Inland Waterways Authorities (IWAI) is looking at the prospect of deploying the first water taxis that run on hydrogen in the Ganges. After the development of refueling and charging sites at four ghats, two hybrid water taxis—which will also have the option to run with electric motors—will be deployed as a test project over the next two to three months.
The Yamuna in Mathura and Agra would then see the operation of comparable taxis, following the Ganga in Kashi.
IWAI Varanasi office in-charge Ramesh Chandra Pandey informed TOI on Wednesday that “a team of specialists will soon visit to have in-depth discussions for the establishment of hydrogen refueling and electric charging points at the ghats along river Ganga.”
Six hydrogen water taxis in total have been planned, according to IWAI officials, and two of them would be used in Varanasi, Mathura, and Agra.
“Four points-Namo Ghat, Lalita Ghat, Sheetla Ghat, and Ravidas Ghat-have been identified for establishment of charging points,” a representative added.
Source: The Economic Times
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