Indian Trains Will Have Flameless Electric Pantry: This Is How Food Will Be Made, Served In Trains
India has been taking steps in the direction of becoming a net-zero carbon country for a while now. A huge push is being given to using electric vehicles instead of age-old fossil fuel-based vehicles. On similar lines, Railway Ministry is also taking steps to chip in whatever way possible.
Railways is pushing for a flameless electric pantry car
As a result of its ongoing efforts to remodel conventional coaches into more modern and efficient ones, Indian Railways has converted an LPG gas-based pantry car into a flameless electric design. This electric flameless pantry will eliminate the use of hazardous and polluting fossil fuels for food making in railways.
After the long break caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the railways is planning and preparing to restart catering service in long-distance trains, the use of such pantry cars are essential for the service.
The conversion from LPG-based to flameless pantry car is being done at Lucknow’s Alambagh Workshop of Northern Railway.
The flameless pantry car would soon be part of a north-bound long-distance express train.
Railway Minister appreciates the effort
Recently the Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has inspected the prototype of the converted pantry car which was placed at New Delhi Railway Station.
Vaishnaw appreciated the efforts put in by Northern Railway in modernizing the system. Looking forward to the near future, the minister said, that more such existing coaches should be given a modern makeover for their efficiency and maximum utilization.
Railways are planning to make 10 more flameless pantry cars in the near future As the production will increase the conversion cost is expected to be much lesser than Rs 60 lakh In the prototype the pantry car smoke and fire detection system has been installed to make it safer.
The ministry has ensured that the underframe has been strengthened to take the additional load and all electrical safety protection has been undertaken as per RDSO recommendations. It has been fitted with an LED lighting system, the flameless pantry is efficient and safe and there will be no hazardous and polluting fossil fuel.