Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu Flags Off Newly Manufactured Solar Powered Guard Van of Goods Train

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Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Wednesday inspected and flagged off the newly manufactured solar powered Guard Van of Goods (Freight) Train at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.

The new Guard Van is equipped with Solar powered Light, Fan, Mobile Charging Point along with the facility of Zero discharge Bio Toilet..

Speaking on the occasion Suresh Prabhu has said that these facilities will improve the working conditions and functioning of the guards. He added that powering Fans & Lights through Solar Panels will help in reducing the carbon footprint of Railways. Indian Railways will pursue to initiate more such initiatives. He further said that, Indian Railways has always kept in mind providing good working conditions to its workers and customers.

Use of Solar energy is also an environment friendly measure and will help in energy saving.Indian Railways is also working to run fully solar powered trains Suresh Prabhu.

Guards of freight trains have been working under difficult condition like absence of basic facilities of light & fan.  Indian Railways has now attempted to address this shortcoming by providing light and fan arrangement in brake-vans which so far have been a distant dream of the Guards.

 The Guard vans modified by IROAF with the assistance of Amritsar Workshop of Northern Railway are provided with a fan, a light and mobile charging facility are supported by Solar Power generation at the rooftop. The Solar generation is supported with a battery bank to power the brake van facilities for more than 24 hours continuously even on a rainy day.

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