PM Modi, on his two-day visit to Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, laid the foundation stone of projects worth more than Rs 17,000 crore in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The country’s first ferry running on hydrogen fuel has been launched. This ferry will run in the Ganga river of Kashi. This ferry is a gift from Tamil Nadu to the people of Kashi.

India’s first indigenously developed and manufactured hydrogen fuel cell ferry has zero emissions and zero noise and can reduce the impact of global warming. The fuel cell ferry has been built by Cochin Shipyard. Accordingly, the adoption of green hydrogen as a marine fuel is at the forefront of India’s commitment to a sustainable future. Whose aim is to achieve net zero emissions by 2070.

The MD of the shipyard said that this project will enable the use of hydrogen as marine fuel. The currently launched ship is fully refrigerated and can carry a maximum of 50 passengers. Cochin Shipyard has built the first hydrogen boat on an experimental basis for the National Inland Water Transport Authority.

The hydrogen fuel cell ferry designed at Cochin Shipyard Limited will soon begin operations in Varanasi. This hydrogen boat was built as a pilot project as part of the central government’s broader plans to completely eliminate pollution caused by greenhouse gases in India within half a century. It is also part of efforts to adopt hydrogen as a marine fuel.

It is expected that the use of such eco-friendly ships will provide a positive impetus to reducing the short distance travel crisis in India. The shipyard plans to use similar hydrogen fuel cell technology in cargo boats and small country boats after evaluating the practical efficiency of the first hydrogen boat.

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