BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar's tweet contained a video of a coal-carrying train Photo: Twitter | @PrakashJavdekar
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar's tweet contained a video of a coal-carrying train Photo: Twitter | @PrakashJavdekar
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New Delhi: On Wednesday, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Prakash Javadekar highlighted the Narendra Modi government’s efforts in transporting coal to power plants, amid media reports of shortages across the country, with 61 thermal plants having less than four days’ stock and paper mills temporarily shutting down in Vapi, Gujarat.

He had tweeted a video of a coal-carrying train, with the caption: “4 km long Rack train with 4 engines being run on war footing basis to supply coal to power plants. This is #Modigovt & @narendramodi ji’s #NewIndia !”


However, the video, which was tweeted en masse by users this week, and even formed the basis of a News18 report, is an old one.

Fact check

Research revealed that the video is actually more than nine months old, having first been shared by the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) Association in early January. 

“4 loaded goods train connected for the first time in Korba, Bilaspur Division. Carrying 16000 tonn [sic] of coal equivalent to 500 trucks, it ran from Korba to Bhilai. Commendable job done by the entire Operations team led by Shri Ravish Kumar Singh,” IRTS had tweeted

According to a 23 January report by The New Indian Express, the video is of the Indian Railways’ longest freight train, the ‘Vasuki’, which combined five rakes into one 3.5 km train and undertook a seven-hour, 224 km journey from Bhilai to Korba in Chhattisgarh. 

“Under the given application of technology, the leading (front) diesel loco (engine) controlled the entire train along with the simultaneous functioning of the rear loco through electronic transmission while running on the rail network,” the report added. 

Javadekar was subsequently called out by several users, including fact-checker Mohammad Zubair, for sharing an old video. 

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer


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