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* First solar-powered boat service in the country commences
Sun, Sep 25, 2022, 10:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 25, Colombo: As a solution to the daily traffic jams in Colombo city, an eco-friendly boat service from Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and Aggona Heenatikumbura to Wellawatta with solar-powered passenger boats was started last Friday (23).

On the advice of Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Land Reclamation and Development Corporation and Genso Power Technology Private Limited have jointly started this eco-friendly passenger boat service.

Speaking at the event, Minister Ranatunga mentioned that this passenger boat service is the first boat service in Sri Lanka operated by solar panels. He also mentioned that it is 100 percent environment friendly as it is powered by solar panels.

The Minister also said he hopes to start such boat services in the internal waterways of Colombo city in the future and said this will attract local and foreign tourists.

The Minister further said by generating electricity from solar panels, current fuel problem as well as the power crisis faced by the country can be resolved.

Minister Ranatunga pointed out that the boats powered by solar panels, make no noise while running. And there is no fuel consumption. The life cycle of aquatic animals as well as birds roaming around the Diyatha Uyana will not be disturbed.

Passengers can reach Wellawatta from Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and Heenatikumbura within 30 minutes by the boat service. Boat fare from Battaramulla to Wellawatta is 200 rupees per person and from Aggona, Heenatikumbura to Wellawatta is 300 rupees per person.

This boat service operates during daily office hours and provides transportation facilities for 8 people in one boat.

Also, government and private offices in Battaramulla and its surrounding area, Gateway International School, Nawala Open University, 176, 138 and 122 bus routes, Wellawatta railway station can be easily reached by this boat service.

 

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