Under the new leadership of Piyush Goel, Indian Railways is moving fast on their modernization drive. Piyush Goel has recently become the Railways Minister and under his leadership several interesting initiatives have been planned, which will have long-lasting impact on overall transportation industry.
With a new resolution, Indian Railways has declared that it will generate lakhs of new jobs with new investments being made. Recently, Indian Railways has taken initiative to use renewable energy setting itself as rolemodel for all other departments across India.
Railways Minister Piyush Goel has told that over a period of next 5 years a total of $150 billion, which is around 10 lakh crore, to be invested across infrastructure and engineering enterprises, and around 1 lakh jobs are expected to be generated due to this. He also added that every railway track in the country would be converted into electric line, within 4 years, which is 6-years earlier than schedule. With this single initiative Rs 10,000 crore will be saved per year in fuel cost.
In a big move towards Green Earth, Indian Railways has launched their first ever Solar Plant in New Delhi, which is expected to generate 5 megawatt peak (MWp) in the coming days. Indian Railways has planned to generate 1000 megawatt peak (MWp) of energy via Solar Power, and this first installation of Solar Plant is seen as the first step.
Indian Railways has more than 7000 railway stations as of now, and if every station installs such solar plants, then it can break every record of renewable energy, anywhere in the World. This first Solar Plant installation has been done over rooftops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations, and is expected to generate 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively per year, which will meet 30% of the overall energy needs of these stations.
This announcement was made during ‘International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification’ in Delhi, where Minister Goyal said, “We are working in a time-bound manner to skillfully and effectively transform the Indian Railways into a world class transporter. We shall be able to accomplish 100 per cent electrification at lower prices with an incentive-cum-penalty scheme..”
In July this year, Indian Railways had launched their first solar powered train, DEMU (Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit) train from the Safdarjung railway station in Delhi. It runs between Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. This train has 16 solar panels, each producing 300 Wp, across 6 coaches. The entire electrical need of the coaches, which includes lights, fans and information display system, will be met by the energy produced by solar panels fitted atop the coaches of the DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train.Govt. of India has already allocated Rs 8000 crore for installing solar plants across 7000+ railway stations. Let’s hope for a Green India soon.
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