Who: Elephanta Island
Where: Sea of Oman close to Bombay
What: To get electricity from Independence Day 2016
When: Was announced in February 2016
Elephanta Island: Famous for its Hindu cave sculptures depicting the cult of Shiva
UNESCO world heritage site, Elephanta Island was in news in the second week of February 2016. It was in news because the island, which was dependent upon diesel-powered generators for electricity until now, will be completely electrified by Independence Day 2016.
It will connected to the State (Maharashtra) electricity grid and for this Maharashtra Chief Minister has fast tracked a 25 crore rupees project to draw undersea power cables network between the mainland Mumbai and the island.
Elephanta Island is a popular tourist destination and it houses caves which were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
Also called the ‘City of Caves’, the island is situated in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay. It contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.
Elephanta Island (otherwise known as the Island of Gharapuri) is a home of nearly 1200 residents and is located around 10 km off Mumbai coast.