Eco-friendly train launched in Gujarat

Bilimora (Gujarat), April 14 (ANI): To make train travel more environment-friendly, a bio diesel train has been launched in Bilimora city of Gujarat.

This is the first bio-diesel train in the western division of Indian Railways. It uses a blended fuel, a mix of 10 percent bio-diesel.

The Railway has already introduced several such trains in other divisions.

Officials claimed that this blended fuel would reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide by a greater extent without affecting the engine.

On Wednesday, P.K. Sharma, Divisional Railway Manager, Mumbai Division, flagged off the train that will cover 51kilometers between Bilimora and Baghai.

“This train is environment-friendly as it runs on bio-diesel…the railway is also taking other steps to preserve environment like introduction of bio-degradable toilets and other measures to preserve environment. We are trying to explore all areas,” said P.K. Sharma.

Indian Railways, which has one of the largest networks of trains in the world, is also taking other measures to conserve environment.

Bio-diesel is a diesel-equivalent, processed fuel derived from biological sources i.e. vegetable oils, which can be used in unmodified diesel-engined vehicles. (ANI)

First metro train built in India rolls out

SAVLI (GUJARAT): The first indigenously produced metro train at Bombardier’s newly set up factory here is a template fit for pan-India replication, said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend.

The brand new train, built at the factory set up in a record time of 18 months, has many firsts to its credit. Known as Movia, it is the first metro train to be built in India. The whole project from conception to rollout has been completed within 24 months.

The factory, which has a capacity to churn out a coach a month, will be supplying 81 trains consisting of 424 coaches for Phase II of the Delhi Metro railway before the start of the Commonwealth Games in the Capital next year.

Speaking at the train unveiling ceremony, Mr. Modi described the eco-friendly train as a gift from Gujarat to the nation on World Environment Day.

Unlike vehicular road traffic that accounts for 84 per cent of the total carbon emission released into the atmosphere and air traffic that releases another 15 per cent, metro trains have a low emission of just one per cent.

Citing the case of Japan where super-fast train facilities have been provided by the government bringing far ends of the country closer, Mr. Modi made out a case for introduction of similar trains all over India.

“We have been urging the Union Government to introduce high-speed trains between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. If that was done, then the coming together of the two financial hubs will strengthen the country’s growth,” he said.

He also expressed hope that in the forthcoming Railway budget the Centre would make provisions for high-speed bullet trains.

“Gujarat is ready to assist in providing resources and inputs required for the introduction of such infrastructure,” he said.

Taking a dig at the proverbial bureaucratic red tape and the political disagreements that drove the Tatas’ Nano out of West Bengal, Mr. Modi commended his government’s efforts to help set up the Bombardier factory at Savli in a short period of time and said: “Trains from Gujarat are going to Delhi.”

Describing the process of setting up the factory and manufacturing the trains all within 24 months as a feat that surpassed their expectations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director E. Sreedharan said: “We had insisted that the company import 21 train sets and make the rest in India. But the company decided to import only nine from abroad and make the rest in India.”

“Bombardier Transportation has done commendable work by rolling out its first train from India within eight months after the establishment of its factory here. Bombardier’s Savli factory is a big step in achieving self-reliance and indigenisation of metro coaches in the country,” he added.

The new site in Gujarat, which will serve projects in the South-East Asia region as well as in India, is the first facility in India to be wholly owned by a global foreign company.

The site has been designed and built from scratch based on Bombardier’s state-of-the-art railway vehicle manufacturing plant located in Gorlitz, Germany.

Stephane Rambaud Measson, president of the Passengers Division of Bombardier Transportation, said: “The number of mega-cities is ever increasing and the need to develop sustainable mobility for the world is an absolute priority today. We at Bombardier are working hard on this task, developing products like the Movia metro which can move millions of people every day, quickly and in comfort, using less space and having a minimal impact on the environment.”

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Delhi Metro goes green with solar power

Delhi Metro is turning more eco-friendly with installation of solar panels for electricity at its headquarters which will prevent 2.35 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

The 64 panel five kilowatt (KW) solar power plant installed at the Metro Headquarters in Connaught Place can generate 15 Kilowatt hour (KWh) electricity per day, Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal said.

This will result in preventing 2.35 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year by the Delhi Metro, recently registered by the United Nations as the first Railway project in the world to earn carbon credits.

The solar power plant presently caters to the need of lighting electrical equipments including the terrace lightings at the Metro Bhawan from dusk to dawn.

Installed at a cost of around Rs 20 lakh on an experimental basis, the five KWp Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant includes the crystalline silicon solar PV modules (5 Kilowatt), a maintenance-free Battery Bank of 1000 Ah capacity, Charge Controller and an Inverter.

The Delhi Metro also plans to use solar energy for IT Park and LED street lightings along Patel Chowk and Chandni Chowk Metro stations, the official said.

The system has been designed for providing uninterrupted operation of the specified loads for a period of three consecutive sunless days.