After 70 years, Elephanta Caves finally got electricity through underwater cables

Seventy years after the Independence of the country, the Elephanta caves have finally got electricity through underwater cables. The caves of Elephanta are marked as World Heritage sites by UNESCO and draw tourists from all over the world. The caves are located in Western India on Elephanta Island which is just 10 km away from the Mumbai coast.

A 7.5-km long undersea cable has brought electricity to the world-famous Gharapuri Island, which houses the UNESCO world heritage site. This is surprising that such kind of big wire cable is laid in the Arabian Sea to spread the lines for electricity. This is really a tremendous work done by the Modi government. This move would boost tourism and draw more people to visit the world heritage site. The step will also benefit three villages including Raj Bander, Mora Bander, and Shet Bander.

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) commenced work on the project in the year 2015. According to the Electricity Board, this project is India’s longest undersea power cable which took around three months to lay. A transformer has been installed in each of the three villages. The 7.5-km cables are the longest laid on the seabed anywhere in India.

Elephanta caves UNESCO world heritage site(Photo: Amaze)

After 70 years of independence, electricity came as a boon for three villages on the island- Raj Bander, Mora Bander, and Shet Bander, which houses around 1,200 people. Now, if you go world heritage site (Elephanta Caves) you will see that the electricity has reached three villages of Elephanta Island. This electricity has brought joy and happiness to people. Since this is a very important tourist destination, it will attract more tourists towards its beauty.

It is surprising that despite being such a prominent destination of tourism, electricity hadn’t reached Elephanta after so many years of independence. For 70 years, the lives of the people were engulfed by darkness, which has got dispelled now and there is brightness in their lives. This step ensures the lives of the countrymen be full of shine.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.