Thiruvananthapuram: A month after its launch, India’s first solar powered miniature train at the Veli Tourist Village in Thiruvananthapuram has become a top tourist attraction in Kerala, even amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Gokul, who visited the Veli Tourist Village on Saturday, described the ride on the miniature train as the highlight of his trip. “I enjoyed the train ride with my family. I hope they (government) expand this (rail network),” said Gokul, adding that the train is clean and refurbished.
Another visitor, Anil Kumar, said that since it is solar powered there will be no health hazard.
The train was stopped on November 2nd by Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. He said the eco-friendly, solar-powered 2.5 km miniature train will allow visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. “The Rs 10 crore project is the first of its kind in the country,” said the Prime Minister.
According to an official publication, the miniature train is modeled after an old steam locomotive with artificial steam from the engine, and the station house is designed in a traditional style.
“The excess energy generated by the system will be fed into the grid of the Kerala State Electricity Board,” the press release said. (ANI)