For the very first time in India, Kerala’s CM Pinarayi Vijayan launches a solar-powered miniature train in the state’s Veli Village, to give tourists a scenic view of the eco-friendly destination. By Tanvi Jain

Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has recently launched India’s first solar-powered miniature train in the state’s Veli Tourist Village, that will run on a 2.5kilometre long rail route, and will allow passengers to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place that lies on the outskirts of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. 

“The solar-powered 2.5-kilometre miniature railway will enable all kinds of visitors to enjoy the beauty of nature. The INR 10-crore project is the first-of-its-kind in the country. The surplus energy generated by the system will be routed to the KSEB’s grid,” the CM said in a video conference as reported by The Hindu. 

The train will comprise of three coaches and will accommodate around 45 passengers in one go. Moreover, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran, further informed that INR 60 crore has been allotted by the state government for the renovation of the village. And, an urban park worth INR 5 crore, and a swimming pool village costing INR 2.5 crore have also been dedicated to the public. 

“This year, the government-sanctioned INR 120 crore for the tourism sector, of which INR 60 crore was allotted to Veli. This shows the government’s determination to transform Veli into one of the most sought-after destinations for domestic tourists. So far, INR 20 crore worth of projects has been completed. The work on other facilities is progressing. We hope to commission the Tourist Facilitation Centre at the tourist village in January,” Surendran was quoted by The New Indian Express. 

Reports further suggest that a convention centre comprising of an open-air theatre, an art gallery, an art cafe and a digital display facility are also on the charts. 

All the nature lovers out there, the next time you want to embark on a journey to an eco-friendly destination, this can be an interesting option worth considering. 

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