Indian Railways plan to induct four other solar powered trains in the next six months
New Delhi sources have stated that the Indian railways have added solar panels to the roof of a train in a national first as India tries to reduce its massive carbon footprint and modernize its vast colonial-era rail network. Sources have stated that the lighting, fans and information displays inside the train once powered by diesel will run off the sun’s energy after the panels were fitted to the carriage.
According to sources the train has begun journeys around New Delhi, helping move just some of the 23 million passengers who use India’s rail network every day. Meanwhile Anil Kumar Saxena, Railways spokesperson, told “We will be inducting at least four other solar-powered trains in the next six months”.
Moreover Saxena said batteries charged by the solar panels during the day take over if there is no sunlight, only as a last resort, if the batteries perish, would diesel be used. Further it was added that each train drawing on this green energy is expected to save around 21,000 litres of diesel every year, helping reduce India’s enormous reliance on fossil fuels and huge output of carbon emissions.