Guwahati, December 13: Kerala is going to launch India's first solar-powered miniature train in a month at Veli Tourist Village in Thiruvananthapuram. According to the visitors, the train is clean and sanitized and since it runs on solar energy, there will not be any health hazard.
The train was flagged off by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on November 2. He said the eco-friendly solar-powered 2.5-km miniature railway will enable visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. "The Rs 10-crore project is the first of its kind in the country", the chief minister had said.
As per an official release, the miniature train is modeled on a vintage steam locomotive with artificial steam spouting from the engine, and the station house designed in a traditional style.
"The surplus energy generated by the system is routed to the Kerala State Electricity Board's grid," the release said.