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Indian Railways to deploy EMU train sets before going fast track with bullet trains

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The bullet train enthusiasts may have to wait for a little longer as Indian Railways is planning to fix in the creaking system before going fast track.

The government is planning to purchase the cheaper, safer and smarter options of the train sets before the bullet trains make way in India.

The railway ministry in this regard has announced global tenders for purchase of train sets called Electrical Multiple Units (EMU), and is looking at European countries, especially Germany, France and Spain, where such trains are popular.

The train sets will consist of driving cabins at both the ends like the suburban trains and will have the capacity to carry more passengers. These train sets are also safer as they have lesser tendency to turn turtle in case of an accident.

The country officials of France are keen to offer their expertise in semi-high speed rail technology once Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the country on his way to Germany for Hannover industrial fair.

 

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Allays Environmental Fears on Tesla’s Plant in Germany

The Berlin unit will manufacture SUV Model Y, which could go into production by 2021. The unit could initially employ 3,000 people. The headcount could rise to 7,000

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A Tesla logo is seen in Los Angeles, California. VOA

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has responded to environmental concerns including excessive water use for building the massive ‘Gigafactory 4’ near Berlin to produce electric cars for the European market, saying that such concerns were baseless.

The leading non-profit organization BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) met Tesla officials last week to discuss possible environmental pollution from the planned Gigafactory.

“Sounds like we need to clear up a few things! Tesla won’t use this much net water on a daily basis. It’s possibly a rare peak usage case, but not an everyday event,” tweeted Musk.

“Also, this is not a natural forest a” it was planted for use as cardboard & only a small part will be used for GF4,” he added.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

The site where the Gigafactory will be built has invited protests over concerns that the facility will excessively use water and cause deforestation by destroying 300 hectares of forest.

“Giga Berlin will build sustainable energy vehicles using sustainable energy, so net environmental impact will be extremely positive!” Musk said.

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After Shanghai in China, Musk selected Berlin as Tesla’s next gigafactory outside the US where the company is planning to invest 4 billion euros ($4.4 billion) and produce 150,000 cars a year.

The Berlin unit will manufacture SUV Model Y, which could go into production by 2021. The unit could initially employ 3,000 people. The headcount could rise to 7,000. (IANS)