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Lakshadweep becomes first UT to sign 24×7 ‘Power for All’ document

Lakshadweep became first Union Territory (UT) in the counry to sign 24×7 Power for All document.

The document was signed by representative of Union Government and administration of Lakshadweep. At present, 10 inhabited islands of Lakshadweep are mostly fed by diesel.

The 24×7 Power for All document chalks out

  • A plan to increase solar capacity from 2.15 MW to 8.45 MW of the island region.
  • Envisions reduction of AT & C losses from current level of 21% to 6.7% till 2019 by increasing the collection efficiency up to 99%.
  • As a part of energy efficiency measures, 1 lakh LED bulbs will be distributed by Lakshadweep UT administration through Energy Efficiency Services (EESL).
  • Besides under UJALA programme incandescent lamps/CFL bulbs will be replaced with LED bulbs.
  • Additionally, 3000 conventional street lights will be replaced with LED street lights.

About Power for All programme

  • Union Government has undertaken this programme as a joint initiative with respective State Governments for preparation of State specific documents.
  • This document envisions for providing 24×7 power supply to all households /homes, commercial and industrial consumers and to Agricultural consumers as per state policy.
  • So far, 22 States have signed the ’24×7 Power For All’ Documents.


Naval detachment set up at Lakshadweep’s Androth Island

The Southern Command of the Indian Navy has inaugurated a naval detachment at Androth Island of the Lakshadweep archipelago.

The naval detachment seeks to strengthen maritime security in and around Arabian Sea and enhance surveillance of crucial shipping lanes.

Key facts

  • The facility will function as an observance and reporting organisation.
  • It will provide connectivity with mainland.
  • Enable sea lanes of communication (SLOC) monitoring.
  • It will also facilitate radar surveillance.
  • Enhance the Navy’s reach and contribute significantly to strengthen maritime security.

Lakshadweep archipelago comprising of Kavaratti, Minicoy, Agatti and Androth islands occupy a strategic location in the Arabian Sea. A number of shipping lanes pass close to these islands as they provide the sea link between Asia and Europe.


Two Indian Coast Guard ships Apoorva & C-421 commissioned

Indian Coast Guard has commissioned two new ships named Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva and Interceptor Boat C-421.

The ships were commissioned by Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Western Naval Command (Mumbai) off the naval dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  • Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Apoorva: It is the 14th fast patrol vessel in a series of 20. It is 50-metre long and can achieve a top speed of 33 knots and displaces 317 tonnes.
  • The ship Apoorva synonyms with Unparalleled in English will be based at Goa.
  • It is equipped with state-of-the-art advanced communication, navigational and weapons.
  • It will platform and undertake various naval operations such as close-coast surveillance, search and rescue, interdiction, medical evacuation and other missions.
  • The ship has been indigenously designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Ltd at Surat, Gujarat.
  • Interceptor Boat C-421: It is 27th in the series of interceptor boats of Indian Coast Guard. It had been designed and constructed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Limited.
  • It is water jet propelled vessel and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 Knots. It is designed for close coast and shallow water operations and equipped with medium range armaments.
  • It will be based at Androth (Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands) under the operational and administrative control of the Commander, Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 12.