Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has flagged off the newly manufactured Guard Van of Goods (Freight) Train on Wednesday in Delhi.The newly manufactured Guard Van of Goods Train (8 wheeled) has been equipped for the first time with Solar powered Light, Fan, Mobile Charging Point along with the facility of Zero discharge Bio Toilet.
Speaking on the occasion Railway Minister said that these facilities will improve the working conditions and functioning of the guards.Suresh Prabhu also said that powering Fans & Lights through Solar Panels will help in reducing the carbon footprint of Railways.He further said that, Indian Railways has always kept in mind providing good working conditions to its workers and customers.
Railway Minister said that use of Solar energy is also an environment friendly measure and will help in energy saving. Suresh Prabhu said that Indian Railways is also working to run fully solar powered trains.He also said that Indian Railways will pursue to initiate more such initiatives.Guards of freight trains have been working under difficult condition of absence of basic facilities of light & fan that too during heat of summers and darkness of night work.
Indian Railways has now attempted to address this shortcoming by providing light and fan arrangement in brake-vans and mobile charging facility which are supported by Solar Power generation at the rooftop.In keeping with the country’s commitment to make India a ‘Swachh Bharat’, the Guard’s toilet has also been modified to a zero discharge bio toilet.