Bio-diesel for trains has been introduced by South Western Railways Zone [ Current Affairs ]


Bio-diesel for trains has been introduced by the South Western Railways (SWR) Zone with headquarters in Hubli and Karnataka which is working under its zone. From Hubli the first Bio-Diesel train of SWR was flagged off named Janshatabdi Express, it will run between Hubballi-Bengaluru and it is powered by five per cent of bio-diesel merged with High Speed Diesel.

  • The main objective behind this creativity is to reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission and it also aim to create fuel consumption more effective.
  • SWR zone has launched Bio-diesel filling centers at Hubli, Bengaluru and Hospet to fulfill the bio-diesel demand.
  • The merging bio-diesel will be slowly increased by 10 % in next one year and also all the 13 railway workshops within the zone will have their own filling units.

About Bio-diesel

  • Bio-diesel is diesel fuel based on vegetable oil or animal oil.
  • This reduces dependency on fossil fuel exclusively on diesel by providing quasi-renewable energy for domestic alternatives as sustainable fuel for diesel locomotives and
  • It is typically made from crops such as sugarcane, cassava, corn, potato, and beetroot and now in recent time it is obtained from grapes, banana and dates etc.
  • With aim of security of energy Union Government is promoting use of bio-diesel in India Railway,
  • And also for domestic air and savings in foreign exchange laterally with employment opportunities in rural areas.

- Published on: December 8, 2015