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Indian Railways to Install Over 4600 Water Vending Machines at Stations

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New Delhi,  July 25,2015: Taking forward the Railways plan to provide clean drinking water at stations in low cost, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is installing more than 4500 vending machines in the first phase across the country.

To begin with, the IRCTC plans to install 4,615 water vending machines (WVMs) in the first phase at various stations in the National Capital Region including Agra and Jhansi divisions besides the divisions of Lucknow and Varanasi among others.

Passengers can avail the water at affordable rates which will be Rs. 1 per glass, Rs. 3 for half a litre, Rs. 5 for one litre and Rs. 20 for a can from these vending machines, IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director AK Manocha said.

The move aims to benefit passengers at all stations and is a follow-up action to the 2015-16 railway budget that proposed provision of clean drinking water at low cost by installing water vending machines (WVM) at railway stations across the country. We are using latest technology in the vending machines to minimise wastage of water, Mr Manocha said. Source: PTI

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Indian Railways rolls out 50,000th coach

New Delhi, July 7, 2015: Railways today rolled out its 50,000th coach marking a significant juncture in the public carrier's history, with Minister Suresh Prabhu saying we have to "think differently" for the 100,000th coach.

Launching the coach, manufactured at the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) at Chennai, through video conferencing from here, Prabhu said it is totally different from the first coach rolled out from the factory over 60 years ago.

Prabhu also stressed on the public carrier's plans to build a full train on solar power. "We have plans to manufacture a full train to be run on solar power from this facility."

A non-AC coach of Rewari-Sitapur passenger train is currently being lit by solar panels installed on its roof as part of Railways' plan to harness the green source of energy. The Minister also announced Rs 5 lakh reward for ICF staff for attaining the milestone of rolling out 50,000th coach.

A premier industry, ICF was set up in 1955. Since then the factory has been manufacturing conventional coaches aproximately 1,500 a year, catering to the ever-increasing demand for coaches for new trains.

ICF manufactures various types of AC and non-AC coaches including EMUs and DEMU , Metro coaches for Kolkata Metro.  ICF will also manufacture LHB coaches, till now made at Rail Coach factory at Rae Bareli and Kapurthala. Source: PTI

Indian Railways trials solar-powered trains

New Delhi, June 7, 2015: Indian Railways is soon going to materialise its ambitious plan of harnessing solar energy to run trains. The prototype of the solar power-enabled coach is undergoing trials, and soon the entire train will be fitted with solar panels, officials said.

They said that while solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, it will also prove to be cost-effective. At present, nearly 17 units of electricity are being generated from the solar power enabled coach. Clean and cheap: Solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, and will also be cost-effective.

 “As the pilot project, one non-AC coach has been fitted with solar panels on the rooftop. The trial has been successful so far with the coach generating nearly 17 units of electricity every day. Depending on its success, decision will be taken to convert the entire train into a solar power-enabled one,” said Divisional Railway Manager, Arun Arora.  Officials said that by harnessing solar power, the railways will be able to save Rs 1.24 lakh per coach year.

“Solar energy will be used to meet the electricity needs in moving trains, and reduce diesel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions,” Arora said. According to studies, a train using solar power can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90,000 litres per year and also bring down the carbon dioxide emission by over 200 tonnes.


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