Varanasi Current Affairs - 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first ever diesel-to-electric converted locomotive at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Diesel-to-Electric Converted Locomotive
- The 10,000HP freight locomotive was converted from two units of old diesel locomotives of 2600 HP each with indigenous technology.
- The conversion was achieved in record time with the help of engineers from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Chittaranjan Locomotive Works(CLW), and BHEL.
- The conversion has proved to be cost effective as it requires half of the rehabilitation cost of old locos and it is also environment-friendly with enhanced traction power to double the average speed of goods train.
DLW has developed a new prototype electric locomotive converted from diesel locomotive as part of the Indian Railways Mission 100 per cent electrification and de-carbonization agenda.
Indian Railways Mission 100 per cent Electrification
The Indian Railways has undertaken Mission 100 per cent electrification to electrify the last leg of about 13,675 Km railway tracks at a cost of Rs 12,134 crore. The 100 per cent electrification will electrify all broad gauge lines of Indian Railways and it will make Indian Railways the largest electrified rail network in the world.
Benefits of 100 per cent Electrification
- Reduced dependence on imported diesel.
- Enhanced line capacity and higher haulage capacity.
- Seamless train operations ensuring better speed.
- Improved signalling system for enhanced safety.
- Direct employment generation during construction for nearly 20.4 crore man days.
100 per cent electrification also provides environmental benefits like reduced environment cost per tonne-kilometre, 24% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2027-2028 and a reduction of nearly 2.83 billion litres of fossil fuel consumption per annum.
Tags: BHEL • Chittaranjan Locomotive Works • Diesel Locomotive Works • diesel-to-electric converted locomotive • Indian Railways • Mission 100 per cent Electrification • Research Designs and Standards Organisation • Uttar Pradesh • Varanasi
India’s fastest indigenous train, Train 18 named as Vande Bharat Express will ply between Delhi and Varanasi. Train 18 is an indigenously developed world-class train under Make in India. The 16-coach train has been built completely in India by Indian engineers in a span of 18 months at the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
Features of the Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express is the energy efficient and the first locomotive-less train in the country and will be fully air-conditioned. These trains run on electric traction like Metro trains and will start replacing the Shatabdi Express fleet from next year.
The fares in these world-class trains are 40-50 per cent higher than the Shatabdi Express. The train will cover 755 km distance in eight hours with stoppages at Kanpur and Prayagraj. It would be the fastest train on the route.
The new train provides number of features to enhance passenger comfort which include inter-connected fully sealed gangways, automatic doors with retractable footsteps, onboard Wi-Fi and infotainment, GPS-based passenger information system, modular toilets with bio-vacuum systems, rotational seats which can be aligned in the direction of travel (available only in the executive class), roller blinds and diffused LED lighting and disabled-friendly toil.