INDIA: A guard’s van equipped with solar panels and a toilet with biological waste digestion has been unveiled by Indian Railways.

The Brake Van Z-frame Improved vehicle was modified by Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels with the assistance of Northern Railway’s Amritsar workshop. The four roof-mounted solar panels charge a 100 Ah battery which can provide 24 h of power for the onboard lighting, cooling fan and mobile device charging point.

Inspecting the vehicle at Delhi Safdarjung station, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said it would improve working conditions for guards, and also help to reduce IR’s carbon footprint.