• India's first solar-powered DeMU train, launch

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    On Friday, Indian Railways launched its first 1600 HP solar-powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train from Safdarjung Railway Station. According to a report, this train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Farrukh Nagar of Haryana in Delhi.

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    According to the Indian Railways, this is the first Demu broad gauge train, in which all the coaches have solar panels; solar panels equipped bins are already running on narrow gauge trains running at Pathankot-Jogindar Marg and Kalka-Shimla sections in the Kangra Valley section.

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    There are plans to develop a new technology such as flexible solar panels and lithium-ion batteries. Railways also plan to develop a solar-powered train grid for all Mail and Express trains.

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    Indian Railways' first DEMU service was between Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur on October 23, 1994.

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    There will also be a reduction of 1350 tons of carbon dioxide per train over the same time period. This Solar DEMU rake has been commissioned and based at the Shakurbasti DEMU shed.

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    According to Indian Railways, the solar energy system fitted in the DEMU train would result in the saving of 5.25 lakh liters of diesel per train over a lifetime of 25 years. Railways predict cost saving of Rs 3 crore per train over a lifetime of 25 years.

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    Indian Railway first DEMU rake based at Shakurbasti shed, is being dedicated to the nation by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

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    The train has six trailer coaches, with 16 solar panels fitted in each of them. The cost of these solar panels, manufactured under 'Make in India' initiative, is Rs 54 lakh. "Indian Railways is committed to promoting clean and renewable energy.

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    With 182 daily services covering six states including Kashmir, Northern Railway is running the highest number of DEMU trains on Indian Railways.