In the bid to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels which falls in line with its “Solar Mission” program, Indian Railways launched its first 1600 HP solar powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train that will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi station to Farukh Nagar in Haryana.
While launching the train from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station on Friday, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu affirmed, “Indian Railways is committed for environment conservation and use of cleaner fuels.”
“Indian Railways is trying to increase use of non-conventional sources of energy. More solar-powered trains may be inducted in future,” added Prabhu.
It has been confirmed by the railway that the power to run all the electrical appliances will be produced by the solar panels which are fitted at the roof of the coaches. It has been estimated that as much as 21,000 litres of diesel will be saved each year by this train which amounts to almost Rs 12 lakhs.
In this context, the railways have said that this 6 trailer train carries 16 solar panels on the top of each coach.
To make a reduction in the level of pollution, the ministry in a statement said that 24 such coaches will be incorporated in the railway within 6 months. “This first rake has been commissioned and based at Shakurbasti DEMU shed in Delhi of Northern Railway. Twenty-four more coaches will be fitted with this system within the next six months,” the statement read.