Edited By: Oindrila Mukherjee
Last Updated: January 21, 2023, 09:00 IST
The Indian Railways has determined to run all trains on the heritage line by hydrogen-powered engines in an effort to promote ‘green’ initiatives. The first of these engines are anticipated by the tip of the yr whereas all 38 trains will doubtless be remodeled in the following two years.
“We are developing a prototype of a hydrogen fuel-based train at the Northern Railway workshop. By the end of this year, we are aiming that the first train under this will start running. In the next two years, the lines will be completely transformed and will run on hydrogen-powered engines,” an official mentioned requesting anonymity.
There are 38 trains operating in eight heritage sections throughout India. According to the official, not less than one hydrogen-powered engine will probably be launched in every part and the quantity will slowly be elevated.
Matheran Hill Railway underneath Central Railway is about 20 km lengthy and has two trains at current. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is 88.6 km lengthy with 9 trains, and is operating underneath the Northeast Frontier Railway.
The longest amongst these in phrases of distance is Kangra Valley underneath Northern Railway, protecting 164 km. As the identify suggests, it runs by means of the sub-Himalayan area of Kangra Valley and has seven trains. Apart from this, the Northern Railway additionally runs Kalka Shimla Railway, which is 96.5 km lengthy and has seven trains.
There are two heritage sections in the Western Railway – 62.7 km lengthy Bilmora Waghai and 58 km lengthy Mhow Patalpani. Both have two trains every. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, underneath Southern Railway, is the shortest distance amongst all. It is 46 km lengthy and has eight trains. The 52 km lengthy Marwar-Devgarh line, underneath the North Western Railway, has just one practice.
There are two gauges underneath the heritage line. Except Marwar-Devgarh, Mhow Patalpani and Nilgiri – that are metre gauge – the remainder are all slim gauge.
Addressing the nation on Independence Day in 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced the National Hydrogen Mission with an intention to make India a hub for the manufacturing and export of inexperienced hydrogen. India is at a vital juncture in phrases of its power panorama and inexperienced hydrogen has a vital function to play to make the nation self-reliant and energy-independent.
On January 4, the union cupboard permitted the National Green Hydrogen Mission. The preliminary outlay for the mission will probably be Rs 19,744 crore.
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