Newsletter - August 2017


Electric Vehicles

By Dr.Ramaratnam,

Basil Energetics, Chennai

India has set itself an ambitious and rather stiff target of completely changing over to all electric fleet by 2030. In fact Rameswaram Island can also think on similar lines. But most important and pertinent question is “Where is the electricity going to come for charging the batteries”. And what batteries we are going to use? If it is the conventional Lead Acid type, the recycling and recovery of lead is going to be a key issue to be addressed. Is Lithium Ion batteries are more environmentally friendly? Such questions need to be asked before deciding on deployment of EV in large scale.

The Lead in conventional batteries and Cobalt in Li Ion batteries pose problems for the environments. The chemistry of more Eco-friendly Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) is much more attractive in this respect


Solid Waste Management

By Hand in Hand, Chennai


From Arichalmunai to Rameshwaram in search of Clean Rameshwaram

District Authorities have decided to initiate a mass cleaning movement in Dhanushkodi hence they started the cleaning programme on 5thAugust 2017. Green Rameshwaram being the nodal agency for such mass programme, it has sought the support of

  1. Government higher secondary school, Rameswaram
  2. St.Joseph Matriculation school, Verkkodu
  3. Seyyadhu Ammal Arts and Engineering College

Hand in Hand participated in the campaign in a big way with their Solid Waste Management team and Self Help Group Members. Municipality workers also joined the event. 


Nakshatra Vanam

Poorvphalgun (Puram) – Flame of the Forest

Deciduous trees, to10 m high, bole crooked, irregular; bark 5-6 mm thick, grey to greyish-brown; exudation red; branchlets densely tomentose. Leaves trifoliate, alternate; stipules small, lateral, cauducous; rachis 12-20 cm long, stout, pubescent, pulvinate; stipels subulate; petiolule 5-10 mm long, stout, pubescent; lateral leaflets 8.8-13.7 x 5.5-11 cm, broadly oblong-ovate or suborbicular, base oblique, apex obtuse, terminal leaflet 11-15 x 12.5-15 cm, widely rhomboid, base obtuse, apex emarginate, silky pubescent on both sides when young, glabrous above, silky pubescent beneath when mature, margin entire, coriaceous; lateral nerves 4-8 pairs, pinnate, prominent; intercostae scalariform, prominent. Flowers bisexual, 5 cm long, bright red, in terminal or axillary, densely fascicled, racemes; calyx broadly campanulate, teeth 5, deltoid, short, upper 2 connate, velvety; corolla much exserted; petals 5, standard petal 5 x 2.5 cm, lanceolate, clawed, wings falcate 4.5 x 1.5 cm adnate to keel, keel united 4.5 x 3 cm, curved; stamens 9 + 1; vexillary stamens free; anthers uniform; ovary 2.5 cm, inferior, 1-celled, ovules2; style long, incurved, beardless; stigma small. Fruit a pod, 12.5-28 cm long, oblong, the base flat, wing-like and indehiscent, the tip splitting round the apical seed; seed obovate, compressed.  (India Biodiversity Portal).

RO Plant at Green Rameswaram Building

Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep


Water treatment plant (Reverse Osmosis plant) of 500 liters per hour capacity was commissioned on the World Environment Day i.e. 5th of June 2017. The plant gets the electricity for operation from solar panels installed at ‘Green Rameswaram’ building. The unit is fitted with a water vending machine and multiple coins such as Rs.1/-, Rs.2/- or Rs.5/- can be inserted in the unit to get the water. However, at present, the limited quantity of water is given free. A proper pricing and vending will be carried out in the coming days.


Social Capital

Vivekananda Kendra - Nardep

Yoga students have organized the Independence Day Celebrations at Mohabeer Dharmasala on August 15, 2017. 25 students, 6 Police officials, eight of our staff members and five general public attended the programme.

Children have practiced the Marching specially for this occasion. NSS student among them guided them to perform well. Children dressed in white shirt and Blue Pant and with Knife in their side looked like a typical professional Parade. Arm and Arm, Shoulder to Shoulder, Straight and Tall, these children lifted the spirits which saw the parade.