Prime News, National, New Delhi, July 15:- The Indian Railways has launched its first 1,600 HHP solar diesel multiple unit (DEMU) train.
The new rake built at Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has a life of 25 years and will have a capacity of 89 people per coach and will start operations from Saturday.
There are two motor coaches and eight passenger coaches in the ten-coach train. The total cost of the train is Rs 13.54 crore with the passenger coaches costing around Rs 1 crore each and the two motor coaches costing Rs 2.5 each. The solar panels on six coaches cost Rs 9 lakh each.
Cushioned seats have been provided along with a display board in each coach. The train will travel from Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla to Garhi Harsaru Junction in Haryana. It will replace an existing non-solar powered rake on the same route. The fare for the journey that takes one and a half hour will not change.
The train has a total of 16 solar panels of 300 watts in each coach. The energy generated by these panels will be stored in batteries and will be used during the night.
The move is expected to save Rs 2 lakh worth of diesel per coach, per annum. It will help in reducing carbon dioxide of almost nine tonnes per coach, per annum. It is also expected to save nearly Rs 672 crore per annum.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)