On November 2, 2020, India’s first solar energy-driven miniature train was virtually inaugurated at the Veli Tourist Village in Kerala by state’s Chief Minister (CM) Pinarayi Vijayan. Developed with an outlay of Rs 10 crore, this train is a part of Rs 60 crore projects undertaken to make facilities of the Veli tourist village at par with international standards.
- Modelled after the vintage steam locomotive, it covers a distance of 2.5 km with three-bogie train and can carry 45 passengers.
- Apart from this, he also dedicated Rs 5 crore Urban Park and Rs 2.5 crore swimming pool at the Veli tourist village which is located on the outskirts of the capital Thiruvananthapuram where the Veli lake meets the Arabian sea.
–It features a fully- equipped rail system, including a tunnel, traditional style station and a ticket office.
–The surplus energy generated by the rail system will be routed to the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) grid.
–A tourist facilitation centre, convention centre, and art cafe will also be opened at the tourist village soon.
–Notably, the state government had allotted around Rs 120 crore for tourism sector in one year alone.
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