'Go Green' initiative instigated by the Indian railways amidst new year
Source :NewsBharati Date :02-Jan-2019
New Delhi, January 2: With the new year uprooting all over, the Indian Railways have undertaken some major initiatives to Go Green. Forecasting the development of the railway system undertakings, the Ministry of Railways has planned to set up 1000 Mega Watt solar power by 2020-21 which would help Railways to source about 10% of its electrical energy from renewable source. However, the authorities have already installed about 71.19 MW of solar plants over rooftops at Railways stations and service buildings.
Also the wind energy plants of 36.5 MW have been installed out of which, 26 MW at Jaisalmer was installed in 2015-2016. Use of LED lights on electrified railway stations and service buildings. All electrified Railway stations and 99% of service buildings have been fitted with 100% LED luminaries over Indian Railways.
The Railway authorities earlier had instigated the tree plantation to increase green cover in the Railway Premises. Track side boundary plantation also started in 2016. On Indian Railways, 1.25 crores saplings were planted during the year 2016-17, 88.96 lakh in 2017-18 and 97.33 lakh during 2018-19 by November, 2018.
While stepping towards better water management facilities, some of the significantly requires systems like water audits, proliferation of water recycling plants and Rain Water harvesting systems were undertaken.
“Pace of installation of environment friendly bio-toilets in passenger coaches has been increased. Nearly 163,000 bio-toilets have been installed in around 44,500 coaches, out of which more than 127,000 bio-toilets were installed in around 33,500 coaches since April, 2016.”, reported the official statement regarding the privy systems.