Public Transport Current Affairs

PM approves setting up of E Sreedharan committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved setting up of committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country. The committee will be headed by E Sreedharan (famously known as metro man of India) who is credited for changing face of public transport in India with his leadership in building Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro.

Key Facts

The committee will recommend standardisation norms for various components of Metro rail systems that are currently imported. It look into all aspects rather that than evolving standards for each component separately. It will come up with uniform standards for various components that will be followed by metro rail systems across the country.


The uniform standards for metro rail systems across the country are aimed at cutting costs in construction and operation of metro rail systems in the country. It will aid in manufacturing of various components of metro rail systems domestically, giving boost to government’s Make in India policy. It will bring India to international standard, where every metro has same standards, same signaling system and track gauge, etc.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018


China launches world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells

The world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells was launched in China’s Tangshan city, north China’s Hebei Province to give big boost to green energy in public transport.

The first of its kind ecologically-friendly tram was domestically developed by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) in 2015.

Key Facts

The ecologically-friendly tram emits only water without any pollutants. It does not produce any nitrogen oxides (NOx), as the temperature of e reaction inside the fuel cell is kept under 100 degrees Celsius.

The tram, having three carriages with 66 seats and can run for 40 kilometers at a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour after being refilled with 12 kilograms of hydrogen.

The tram coach rides on a 136-year-old railway line and connects several industrial heritage sites of Tangshan, one of China’s oldest industrial cities not far from the capital Beijing. It has latest low-floor technology which has kept the distance between carriage floor of tram and rail line only 35 centimeters and remove need for station platforms and making boarding easy for passengers

Month: Categories: Science and Technology Current Affairs - 2018