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Indian Railways to generate 100 mv of solar power

Posted : 22 March 2017 04:11:25 | By TWO Bureau | New Delhi

Indian Railways to generate 100 mv of solar power

Around 1,000 MW of solar power will be generated annually by the railways soon, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu said Saturday. Of this, 500 MW will be produced by installing solar panels on rooftops of railway buildings, the minister said on the sidelines of a programme in the city to flag off the Antyodaya Express. The train will run from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai to Tatanagar in Jamshedpur.


The minister also inaugurated a Made-in-India product, Medha rake, for the Mumbai suburban railways and the Miraj-Solapur Express, along with some passenger amenities, including solar panels at Churchgate railway station, a mechanised laundry at LTT and wi-fi facilities in some stations.


To accomplish Mission 41K announced in this year’s Union budget, reducing expenditure on power will remain a key aim of the Indian Railways, Prabhu said. “In a span of 10 years, the total electricity expenditure of the railways will be less than Rs 41,000 crore. We have started taking initiatives in this regard by installing solar panels on rooftops of station buildings and conducting energy-efficiency audits. While Rs 4,000 crore has already been saved, the aim remains to reach the figure,” he said.


Talking about the new train, Prabhu said: “With Antodyaya, the passengers who want to avail of a decent rail journey at affordable rates will be benefited. In a span of two months, rakes like Tejas, Uday and Humsafar express will be launched as promised in last years’ budget. Five hundred services of Tejas, which is by far the best running rake of the Indian railways will be given,” he said. By Saturday evening, eight passenger bookings were made from LTT station for the Antodyaya express.

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