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Hon'ble MR flags off first solar powered guard van of goods train

          Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off the first goods train having newly developed guard van which is equipped with solar powered light, fan, mobile charging point and zero discharge bio toilet, making life of goods guard comfortable. Speaking o­n the occasion Mr Prabhu pointed out that these facilities would improve the working conditions and functioning of the guards. Powering fans and lights through solar panels would help in reducing carbon footprint of Railways, he said, adding that the Railways would pursue to initiate more such initiatives. He said the use of solar energy was also an environment-friendly measure and it would help in energy saving to a great extent. The Indian Railways was also working o­n running fully solar powered trains, he added.The organisation had always kept in mind providing good working conditions to its workers and customers. Guards of freight trains have been working under difficult condition of absence of basic facilities of light and fan that too during summers and during night. The Railways had 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 (also called 8 wheeled Brake Vans Z- frame Improved BVZI) modified by IROAF with the assistance of Amritsar workshop of Northern Railway were provided with a fan, a light and mobile charging facility which were supported by solar power generation at the rooftop. The system provided had the GPRS support which enabled monitoring of the functioning of this system so that necessary maintenance inputs could be made available as and when needed to achieve uninterrupted service.In keeping with the country's commitment to make India a 'Swachh Bharat', the guard's toilet had also been modified to a zero discharge bio toilet. This design of bio-toilet results in no discharge of night soil o­n the track thus providing a hygienic surroundings in and around the Railway premises. The solar generation was supported with a battery bank to power the brake van facilities for more than 24 hours continuously even o­n a rainy day and was expected to provide uninterrupted comfort of basic facilities to the guard.

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