Ministry of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, launched the first CNG train (compressed natural gas), on Rewari-Rohtak section of Northern zone.
The train is based on dual fuel system, diesel and CNG, being introduced in order to reduce greenhouse gas emission and consumption of diesel. The train will run on fumigation technology which led to the modification of 1,400 HP engine to run on dual fuel – diesel and CNG. The train consists two power cars and six car coaches and has been manufactured by Integral Coach Factory at Chennai with the CNG conversion kit being supplied by Cummins.
Now, the Rewari passenger train will consume over 20 per cent of the CNG, covering 81 km long distance in about two hours. As per report, there are plans to run more such CNG trains in due course to reduce diesel consumption.
According to Prabhu, India will use alternative fuel in train operation, including solar and wind power to reduce dependence on conventional energy.