India’s first ever solar powered train will generate around 1,000 MW of solar power annually by the railways soon. Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced that this train will run from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai to Tatanagar in Jamshedpur.
500 MW will be produced by installing solar panels on rooftops of railway buildings, the minister said on the sidelines of a programme in the city to flag off the Antyodaya Express.
“Five years ago, the railways would tend to import more which would increase our costs. Since the past three years, the focus has been on utilisation of self-made products. We will ensure that more equipment made by the Indian railways get exported”. He also said generation of indigenous equipment and technology through the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative would remain an area of focus.
“A survey is being carried out to understand the requirements of passengers regarding connectivity. Like Miraj-Solapur Express, more trains will be introduced. With the introduction of the Mumbai-Lucknow air-conditioned superfast weekly train on April 8, we will connect two important cities and states of the country,” Prabhu added.
We are proud that the train links two important cities and Jamshedpur again being a participating city in its old habit of innovation. What are your views on this great news? We would love to know in the comments down below.
Watch the experimental video showing the solar powered coach:
Hope we get to travel pretty soon. Wishing you all a happy journey in the country’s first ever solar powered train.
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News source: Indian Express