Focus on improving railways infra for seamless traffic movement: Prabhu

Joan Terry
July 14, 2017

Rail SAARTHI - was launched here by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

The railways today launched its first solar-powered local train here with a battery bank facility which ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight. Solar panel fitted coaches already run on narrow-gauge trains plying on Pathankot-Jogindernagar route in Kangra Valley section and Kalka-Shimla section.

The solar system has been fitted with anti-theft mechanism which can withstand trains running with a speed of more than 100 km/hr.

Indian Railways' first DEMU service was betweem Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur on October 23, 1994. This Solar DEMU rake has been commissioned and based at the Shakurbasti DEMU shed.

The train has six trailer coaches, with 16 solar panels fitted in each of them.

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"We have dispatched solar panels for 30 DEMU coaches in Chennai and 50 DEMU coaches in Amritsar", Dinesh Khanchandani of JEL said, according to an Indian Express report.

So far, just 42% of electrification of railway lines has been made and this will double in the next five-year plan, he said. The cost of these solar panels, manufactured under "Make in India" initiative, is Rs 54 lakh.

"Railway Ministry is focussing more on improving the infrastructure of Indian Railways to create a proper logistics and seamless movement of traffic", said Prabhu at an event organised by ASSOCHAM in New Delhi.

The system reduces diesel consumption and the carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing CO2 generation by 9 tonnes per coach per year.

Guard Jai Prakash in his Guard room.

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