Take a Ride on India's First Solar-Powered Miniature Train

Take a Ride on India's First Solar-Powered Miniature Train
Representative Image: The train's a traditional reinvention of a vintage locomotive, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

A convention centre, tourist facilitation centre, and an art café are also coming up around the station

OT Staff
December 14 , 2020
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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.

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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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