A milestone towards a greener tomorrow. Ministry of railways tweeted saying the solar train is 1st of this kind with 1600 hp and dedicated it to the nation.
Adding to this the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said more solar powered coaches will be inducted in the Indian railways fleet. This venture was built at Integral Coach factory Chennai, which can accommodate 89 passengers per coach. And is set to start its duties from Saturday.
Currently, the train is halted at Safdarjung railways station and will travel from Sarai Rohilla to Garhi Harsaru.
The solar train is built at an expense of 13.5 crore rupees, contains ten coaches, of which eight are passenger coaches and remaining two are motor coaches.
Solar Panels on the train costed about 9 lakh each placed on 6 of 10 coaches. Each coach is fitted with 16 panels of 300 watt, each per coach. Each coach also has a coushned seat and a display board. The fare of the ticket for the 90 minute journey how ever is remaining constant.
This step is analysed to reduce a carbon footprint of 9 tonnes per coach per annum and save 2 lakh litres of diesel per coach per annum and save an overall estimate of rupees 672 crore per annum.
Life expectancy of this solar train is similar to that of solarpanels which works optimally for 25 years. And the panels will also be serviced regularly.
According to the minister, the roof top solar panels are supposed to fulfil all the electrical requirements of the train.
Another 24 coaches would also be ready by the end of the year. As this venture is successful, now the railways are planning to develop solar powered grid in all express and mail trains.
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