Railways seek security for India’s first solar train

Railways seek security for India’s first solar train

Just a month ago, Ex-Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched India’s first solar-powered train, which runs from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. The railways has asked for additional security forces to protect the solar panels installed on six of its coaches.

The train’s solar panels are under safety threat from the villagers. Branded as the solar-powered train, its six out of 10 coaches are fitted with solar panels on the rooftop to convert solar energy into electricity to run fans and bulbs. The railways has raised its concern with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and asked for additional security forces to protect these panels.

“The train runs through rural areas and we have perceived a threat to the solar panels, which could be stolen by villagers,” said an official from the Northern Railways. He added, “The train often stops at unspecified locations due to signal congestion and we fear that locals might detach the panels and run away.”

The Railways officials said that their concern are not out of place as solar panels used to generate power at level crossings and signals across the country are often stolen by locals. “Villagers install these panels on the rooftops of their houses to get electricity for bulbs and fans,” said the official.

Sources in the RPF confirmed that Railways has raised such a concern and it is looking into the matter. A senior RPF official said, “We have not come across any effort in which locals tried to steal the panel. However, going by the Railways experience of the theft of panels from signals and crossings, it wants to take precautionary measures.”

He added, “In nine out of 10 cases, we cracked the theft and arrested the people because railway solar panels are a little different in terms of the shape and size from what is commercially available.”


News Source: www.hindustantimes.com

You might also like


Amarnath Yatra suspended due to bad weather

The third batch of over 2,876 pilgrims had left Bhagwati Nagar base camp in a fleet of 90 vehicles under tight security at today morning. However, they will now have

Travel Trade

Gradual opening continues but are travellers ready to travel?

Even as the overall number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in the world, in some countries like India, the number is increasing more rapidly, nations are relaxing restrictions and


Private airlines transport domestic medical cargo of about 2,675 tons

Over 180 Lifeline UDAN flights cover over 1,66,000 kms to deliver essential medical supplies – Over 180 flights have been operated under Lifeline UDAN during Covid-19 lockdown out of which