India’s First Solar Powered Rail Launched
India’s first solar powered rail start
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off India’s first solar power driven DMU (diesel multiple unit) train on 14th July 2017. The train will start from July 15.
This train will run from Sarai Rohilla station of Delhi to Farrukhnagar in Haryana. Ministry of Railways says that this train is fully environment friendly and will also have financial benefits for the Railways
• There are 10 coaches in this train, with two motor and 08 passenger coaches.
• A train coach has a seating arrangement of 89 people.
• 16 solar panels of 300 watts have been installed in each coach of the DMU.
• The electricity produced from this solar panel will be stored in the battery. This power will be used to light the bulb at the night and run the fan.
• The total cost of this train is Rs. 13.54 crore. The cost of construction of each passenger coach has reached the cost of Rs.101 crore.
• About 2.5 crore rupees have been spent in the construction of the motor coach. Apart from this, 9 lakhs have been spent on each solar panel in the coach.
This railway has been constructed in the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. Each coaches of this solar powered train will save Rs 12 lakh diesel every year. In addition, 9 tonnes of carbon dioxide will be emitted less each year. The most important railway ministry will save about Rs 672 crore each year.