Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Friday said more solar-powered coaches will be inducted in the railway's fleet. The train will depart from Delhi's Sarai Rohilla station and its last station will be Haryana's Farukh Nagar. The entire electrical need of the coaches - lights, fans and information display system - will be met by energy produced by solar panels fitted on the roof of coaches of DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train. A solar power DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 litres of diesel and thereby save costs of Rs 12 lakh every year, the railways said. Solar panels will also be installed at railway stations and at level crossings all across the country. "Dedicated to nation, first solar powered DEMU train". Solar-powered DEMU trains are part of this plan. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Prabhu while stressing that Railways was committed for environment protection and use of cleaner fuel said, "Indian Railways has taken a path breaking leap towards making Indian Railways' trains greener and more environment friendly".
The train has a power back-up and can run on battery for at least 72 hours.
"We are already creating about 100 private freight terminals with private participation so that more and more traffic can come to the railways", he said.
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Nearly Rs 700 crore will be saved by Indian Railways annually once the full project is implemented, according to Ravinder Gupta, the CEO of Indian Railways Organisation for Alternative fuel.
There will also be a reduction of 1350 tons of carbon dioxide per train over the same time period.