India will roll out its first hydrogen-powered train on the next Independence Day, designed, developed and produced domestically, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said.
“India has managed to build trains that are among the best in the world and the next big step will be when the hydrogen train is rolled out on August 15, 2023,” said the Minister of Railways, Communications, Electronics and IT. here on a program.
Last month, the world’s first hydrogen-powered train was rolled out in Germany. This gas is an environmentally friendly fuel.
On Thursday’s program, the minister said a train built at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, was recently ranked among the best five trains in the world.
It was moving at a speed of 180 km per hour, which amazed the world, he said.
“This train is better than all other trains on multiple parameters. A glass of water kept in the driver’s cab will remain undisturbed even when the train is running at its maximum speed, which indicates its stability,” said Mr Vaishnaw.
Referring to the Vande Bharat Express train, he said it took just 52 seconds to go from zero speed to 100 km per hour, while Japan’s famous Bullet train took 55 seconds.
Vaishnaw said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the engineers to build world-class trains that, in addition to good speed, should also be safe, stable and consume less energy.
Attention was also paid to the cleanliness of train stations and a satellite map was prepared to identify 132 district capitals in need of rail connections.
The detailed project report for the same was being prepared, the railway minister said.
He said the punctuality of trains in India at the moment was about 89 percent, and that it should be 100 percent.
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