Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on 14 July 2017 dedicated country's first solar powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train to the nation at an event at New Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station.
The 1600 Horse Power train with solar powered coaches has a special battery bank for use during night hours. The solar panels will power all the electrical appliances inside.
The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. This solar-powered DEMU train was launched in line with the Indian Railways ‘Solar Mission’ which will help in reducing dependency on fossil fuels.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said, it is a path breaking leap towards making Indian Railway's greener and more environment-friendly. He said the train will save about 21000 Litres of Diesel and thereby bring cost saving of 12 Lakh rupees per year. The DEMU train with prototype solar based hotel load system has been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
Earlier while presenting the Railway Budget for 2016-17, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced plans to generate 1000 MW solar power in the next five years.
When: 14 July 2017
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