Nagpur: The Nagpur Central Railway has taken a lead in energy conservation by providing 100% LED lights at all stations in the division.
“Not only LED lights, various initiatives in the current year have been implemented in proliferation of clean and green energy and reducing non-traction energy bill,” says divisional railway manager Brijesh Kumar Gupta.
Gupta said the work to install 100% LED lights has been completed by pooling help from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and pulling in CSR funds from corporates. The task has been accomplished on March 17.
The division has also provided GSM-based pump operation and water level controllers in pumps to avoid wastage of water which in turn results in energy saving.
“Input force of water from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been used to bypass two 20 HP pumps at Nagpur station. This is likely to result in savings of about Rs6 lakh per year,” said Gupta.
“As a part of our objective to provide energy-efficient system, we have provided chiller-based air cooling system at lobby and running room at Amla. This arrangement will consume less energy as compared to air-conditioners and will provide the same comforts,” Gupta informed.
With the help of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of public sector units (PSUs) of ministry of power, the Nagpur division has changed all tubelight fittings and fans in DRM office, railway hospital and electric loco shed at Ajni. The work of replacing air-conditioners will start soon.
In an another initiative, the division has provided 35 solar street lights and 53 solar home light systems at level crossing gates. These have been provided at gates where either electricity is not available or its reliability is very poor. The remaining 18 gates will be covered in a week’s time.
“We have provided pre-paid meters at 45 commercial locations at Nagpur and work of providing pre-paid meters at other locations is in progress. As a part of our objective of providing direct metering in railway quarters, work has been completed in 22 quarters and it is in process at 200 more quarters,” said Gupta.
The division has taken initiative to promptly changing the high tension commercial tariff from high tension railways and got benefits of tariff reduction to the tune of Rs2.75 crores. “The Nagpur division was first to avail this facility in the Central Railway,” Gupta said.
The division has started head-on-generation (HOG) service in Nagpur-Amritsar Express within a very short time by making all arrangements. The HOG service is running successfully which is likely to result in savings of about 30,000 litres of diesel per month.