Foundation Stone for Lighthouse at Dhanushkodi laid

On February 18, 2020, foundation stone for a 50-metre high foundation stone laid at Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram. This is the fifth lighthouse in the region

Highlights

The light house is to be built at a cost of Rs 8 crore rupees. The lighthouse is to be located opposite to the old church that was destroyed in a cyclone in 1964. It will facilitate navigation to 33 to 37 km from the sea shore.

A radar is to be fixed at the top of the light house for surveillance. The light house is to completely operate with solar energy.

Significance

The lighthouse will help to guide fishermen and will also act as tourist attraction. The Light house is also important for the naval commands. There are four Naval Commands namely Western Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Southern Naval Command and Andaman and Nicobar Naval Command.

The INS Rajali and INS Agrani Naval Stations in Tamil Nadu operate under Southern Naval Command and the light house will be of great help for them.

Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi is an abandoned town at the southern tip of India. The town was completely destroyed by the Rameswaram Cyclone in 1964. The town is separated from the mainland by Palk Strait.

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