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India’s first solar-powered miniature train was launched amid a wave of tourists in Kerala’s Veli Tourist Village in Thiruvananthapuram on November 30.
Inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, the train, complemented by a tunnel, station, and a ticket office, emulates the characteristics of a fully-equipped rail system. Comprising three compartments, it can accommodate forty-five people at a time. A traditional reinvention of a vintage locomotive, its engine spouts artificial steam for a nostalgic joyride.
Miniature train service to start in #Kerala. The proposed project (9Cr) to be implemented at Veli Tourist village in #Trivandrum will be Solar powered comprising of a 2km track. A green initiative & first of its kind in the country. #KeralaLeads #RebuildKerala pic.twitter.com/htlYF1iuri— Kadakampally Surendran (@kadakampalli) September 26, 2018
Kerala: People take joyrides in India's first solar energy-driven miniature train at Veli Tourist Village in Thiruvananthapuram. The train was inaugurated by CM Pinarayi Vijayan last month. "It was a nice experience. I think it's a great initiative," says Gokul, a tourist.(12.12) pic.twitter.com/rsVgkkl5L5— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2020
In his online address, P. Vijayan remarked, “The eco-friendly solar-powered 2.5 km miniature railway will enable visitors to enjoy the beauty of nature. The Rs10 crore project is the first of its kind in the country.”
Surplus energy generated by the train will be directed to the Kerala State Electricity Board’s grid, according to Vijayan.
Veli, billed as India’s eco-friendly tourist village, is expected to transition into a hotspot for projects that will facilitate its transformation into a panoramic destination by all international standards. Accompanied by an urban park and a swimming pool at its outskirts, a convention centre, art cafe, and tourist facilitation centre are expected to elevate the city’s pull.
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