Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on 13 January 2015 inaugurated India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered train on the Rewari – Rohtak link of Northern Zone.
This is a milestone in adoption of green fuel in Indian Railways which will help reduce greenhouse gas emission and also the consumption of diesel.
Characteristic Feature of CNG-powered train
• The CNG Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) is based on dual-fuel that is diesel and CNG.
• The train has been manufactured by Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) through fumigation technology.
• It will help in reducing the operating cost of locomotives by over 50 percent with an advantage of eco-friendly operations.
• It will also helps cut carbon monoxide emissions by 90 percent, carbon dioxide by 25 percent, nitrogen oxide by 35 percent and non-methane hydrocarbon emissions by 50 percent.
Union Railway Ministry also planned to run more such CNG trains in due course to reduce diesel consumption. Once India has substantial reserves of natural gas in the form of conventional natural gas, shale gas and gas hydrates then the new technology would come in handy in India.
When: 13 January 2015
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