39. TARAPUR, DANDI

We leave Dahanu early in the morning, driving on the coastal road covered with the greenery. The rains have continued into the last part of September this year and the monsoon greenery is maintained.

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Tarapur town has an established industry. Just about everyone here is busy making dies for jewellery. A number of small shops supply ready-made or made-to-order dies.

 

Tarapur has a Portuguese fort. Now completely surrounded by the town. The growth of vegetation is unbridled; the access road has become a marsh. We had to satisfy ourselves with external views.

The side facing the sea is in reasonably good condition. The Portuguese inscriptions are still legible. I can understand 1893, presumably the year of construction.

The fort has a Lighthouse inside, not functional.

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The operational tarapur lighthouse is a few kilometers ahead along the coast. One has to walk through a village called  Ghivali

to reach it.

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This is a funny place. A god road leads you up to the village and then it terminates. You walk through the village and anothercement road appear that takes you to the Lighthouse through a mangrove forest hosting a lot of life.

 

The village has a temple of  Devi.

ghivaliIndia’s first Nuclear Power reactor and research facility is visble from here.

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The vast area covered by the mangroves in the vicinity of the nuclear power facility is sued for catching crabs. here are the bikes of the crab-hunters.

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We come back to Tarapur and move southwards. The next place is a village called Dandi. This Dandi is in Maharashtra.

Driving through the narrow lanes of Dandi fishing village was a challenge, overcome.

The BARC facility is more clearly visible from here. The stand is for drying fish.

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29th Sept. 2016

Posted on 5.10.2016

 

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