India joined the club of select-few countries to run trains on alternative fuel, when Railway Minster Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the country's first solar-powered diesel electrical train in New Delhi.
The 1,600 horsepower DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) six-coach train is fitted with 16 solar panels on each of the carriage and will power electrical appliances in them. The train also has a power back-up and can run on battery for at least 72 hours.
At the event, Prabhu said his ministry was focusing on a mix of fossil and non-fossil fuels to power the world's third largest railway network and would soon the revise its fuel policy.
The partly solar-powered train is in sync with India's ambitious Paris climate agreement and also meets rules of 'Make In India' initiative as it has been built indigenously.
The train will travel from Delhi's Sarai Rohilla to Garhi Harsaru Junction in India's northern Haryana state.
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