The country got its first set of Solar Powered e-boats. PM Modi launched these E-boats on the river Ganga in the parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. On the occasion, the PM spoke about the benefits gained by Dalits, tribal, and other backward class people through his Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. He warned the boatmen of these E-boats not to waste their earnings, on wasteful activities such as consuming liquor, which they would get by converting manual and diesel water boats to Solar Powered ones.
PM Modi reached Assi Ghat in Varanasi on Sunday, May 1, 2016, to launch the E-boat service. He distributed11 of these boats to the owners and took a ride of about 100 meters in one of them. Post the ride, the PM delivered a 30-minute speech and informed all that it has been decided to name this service as ‘Navik’ keeping in mind the courageous boatmen. He further added that e-rickshaws and E-boats would bring a significant change and upward trend in the economy of the country, apart from an improvement in the air quality and a cleaner environment.