Going green: Railways runs first CNG train in India


The railways launched their first CNG train in a first and significant step towards going green. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the train, running on dual fuel system — diesel and CNG — on the Rewari-Rohtak section of northern zone.

The introduction of CNG trains will reduce greenhouse gas emission and also cut the transporter’s fuel bill by reducing consumption of diesel he said.

The minister, who has opened a separate environment directorate in the railway board, has stressed on the use of alternative fuel, including use of solar and wind power, to reduce dependence on conventional energy.

The railways have modified the 1,400 HP engine to run on dual fuel – diesel and CNG – through fumigation technology. The passenger train would consume over 20% of CNG, covering a distance of 81km in about two hours.

“Gradually, CNG usage will be increased to around 50%. Currently, test trials are being conducted for increased usage of CNG,” an official told Times of India. A senior official said there are plans to run more such CNG trains to reduce diesel consumption.


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