Eco-friendly, faster trains for Mumbai
Posted on Friday 07 May 2010
Many locals and tourists find that traveling by train is an effective way to traverse the continent of India. Environmentally-aware individuals planning a holiday in India might be cheered by the news that a greener form of rail transport is coming to the city of Mumbai.
The Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO) and Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) recently signed what is known as a "Memorandum of Understanding" to allow the former organization to introduce new energy-efficient railway trains to the city. Officials aim to modernize the current system, with the added bonus of making it a little greener.
According to a governmental release, the program is planned to operate in three phases and will benefit suburban travelers in the area. The new cars will also use 30 to 35 percent less energy and, as a result, will be able to carry more cars. Organizers intend each train to have 18 cars instead of the current 12, which can help with overcrowding, particularly during rush hour.
Additionally, the new trains will be able to travel at 110 kilometers per hour (kmph), which is an increase from the 100 kmph at which they currently operate.
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