According to reports, former President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is no exception to frequent power cuts in Tamil Nadu, putting visitors and his 97-year old elder brother in his home in Rameswaram to a lot of trouble. The former missile scientist has now converted his residence to a solar powered one, saving on energy costs.
Narrating the incident of power outages in Rameswaram, at two functions here, Kalam said frequent power shortages created inconvenience to his brother living in the ancient house as a joint family.
Also every day around 1,000 visitors from all over India to the Gallery and Library in his house were disappointed due to non availability of power, he said. “Particularly my brother does namaz five times, including early morning at 4 am. In such a situation, I thought there is no other way than converting the house as solar powered,” Kalam said.
All lights and bulbs were replaced with LED and the total consumption reduced to 2.5 KW instead of six KW, he said. “Now my house at Rameshwaram is fully solar powered and power is available 24 hours. Maybe it cost me Rs 10 per unit, but I believe if done in a micro grid comprising many houses, it may come down to less than Rs 6 per unit of consumption,” Kalam said.
Nuclear weapons will gradually be done away with and cyber war will replace it in future, Kalam said during an interaction with students at the Suburban Higher Secondary School at Ramnagar here. “Both the United States and Russia put together have about 10,000 nuclear weapons. But they had signed an agreement recently to reduce it. I hope that the nuclear weapons will come down by 30%,” he added.