Union Minister Jitendra Singh unveils India’s first Saline Water Lantern

Highlights:

  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh launched India's first saline water lantern, which uses seawater to power LED lamps.
Details Analysis:
  • The first-of-its-kind lantern named "Roshni" during a visit to Sagar Anveshika, a coastal research vessel operated and used by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai for coastal research.
  • The saline water lantern will bring "Ease of Living" to the poor and needy, particularly the fishing community living along the 7,500-km-long coastal line of India.
  • Saline Water Lantern will also boost and supplement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's UJALA scheme launched in 2015 for the distribution of LED bulbs across the country.
  • Roshini Lamps along with Power Ministry's schemes like Solar Study Lamps will be driving a vibrant renewable energy programme aimed at achieving energy security, energy access and reducing the carbon footprints of the national economy.
  • three desalination plants based on the LTTD technology have been developed and demonstrated at Kavaratti, Agati and Minicoy Islands of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. 
  • The capacity of each of these LTTD plants is 1 Lakh litre of drinking water per day.