New Delhi: In a bid to make itself carbon-free by 2030, the Indian Railways has initiated plenty of main initiatives to mitigate international warming and fight local weather change.
In a press release, a railways spokesperson mentioned right here that it has accomplished electrification of greater than 40,000 route km (RKM), which is 63 per cent of the broad- gauge routes, through which 18,605 km electrification has been achieved throughout 2014-20.
It mentioned that beforehand, solely 3,835 km of electrification work was accomplished throughout 2009-14. The spokesperson mentioned that the railways has fastened a goal of electrification of seven,000 RKM for 2020-21.
“All routes on the broad-gauge network have been planned to be electrified by December 2023. Indian Railways is focusing on electrification of the last-mile connectivity and missing links. With this in mind, 365 km of major connectivity work has been commissioned during Covid-19 period,” he mentioned.
The official mentioned that throughout the nationwide lockdown, the railways commissioned 99 RKM Katni-Satna part of Mumbai-Howrah route through Allahabad, thus offering an alternate path to Howrah.
Equally, 88 RKM of Pachore-Maksi part on the Indore-Guna-Bina route has additionally been commissioned, offering an alternate path to Maksi-Bhopal-Bina.
He mentioned that on the Howrah/Sealdah-SVD Katra through Patna route, 45 RKM of Bhagalpur-Shivnarayanpur part has been commissioned.
The official mentioned that the railways has additionally taken plenty of initiatives to advertise photo voltaic power.
“The Indian Railways is working to harness the potential of 500 Mega Watt (MW) energy through rooftop Solar panels and till date, solar plants with 100-MW capacity have been commissioned on rooftops of various buildings including 900 rail stations,” he mentioned.
“Solar plants with a combined capacity of 400 MW are under different stages of execution. Tenders are already awarded for 245 MW and the target for the completion of these plants is December 2022,” the official mentioned.
The railways, which has over 51,000 hectares of land pool, is making an attempt to provide energy from land-based photo voltaic installations for operating trains.
The 51,000 hectares maintain the potential to arrange 20 GW land-based photo voltaic vegetation. The solar energy so generated will probably be fed to a central or state grid or on to 25 kV AC traction system.
“The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a Joint Venture Company of Indian Railways (49% equity) and RITES Limited (51% equity), has been mandated to take up land-based projects,” he mentioned.
The official identified that one venture of 1.7 MW at Bina in Madhya Pradesh in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electricals Restricted (BHEL) has been put in and is underneath intensive testing. “This is the first-of-its-kind solar project in the world,” he mentioned.
Initially, as regards the land-based photo voltaic tasks, the railways has taken up a 3-GW photo voltaic venture in three phases.
Within the wind power sector, 103-MW wind-based energy vegetation have already been commissioned, together with 26-MW plant in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, 21-MW plant in Tamil Nadu and 56.4-MW plant in Maharashtra’s Sangli.
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