BENGALURU: South Western Railway’s Bengaluru division’s efforts to save environment has also saved them money. Speaking to reporters on the occasion of World Environment Day on Wednesday, Ashok Kumar, Bengaluru Divisional Railway Manager, said they have effectively harnessed solar energy which is renewable and sustainable as compared to conventional sources of energy.”A total of 805 kwp solar panels have been installed in the division which generates about 12.07 lakh units of electricity a year. These plants are of on-grid type where any excess electricity generated will be exported to grid. This has resulted in an annual savings of about Rs 42.63 lakh” he said. Following the electrification of Bengaluru – Mysuru section, Verma says, 18 of the 32 pairs running on the route have been converted from diesel traction to electrical traction due to which 1,260 litres of diesel is saved for every pair of train and fuel cost has been reduced by 40%. “Slow moving diesel trains are being converted to Main Line Electrical Multiple Units (MEMUs)” he said. Eight solar pumps of 7.5HP and eight solar pumps of 5HP have been installed at locations having more than six hours of pumping requirement. “This helps us to save about Rs 14.17 lakh by harnessing 1.63 lakh units of electricity through solar panels annually. These solar pumps are the first of its kind in SWR,” he said. All conventional light fittings at railway stations, residential buildings, sheds and service buildings in the division have been replaced with conventional light fittings to conserve energy, Verma added. On tree plantation and garden development initiatives of the division, he said, “7330 trees have been planted along the 5 km route in the division. Besides, 38,072 trees have been planted in other railway lands of the division. More than 50 gardens are developed during 2018-19 which covered an area of 27,241 sqm” he adds. At Krishnarajapuram diesel loco Shed, 2000 saplings in 600 sqm area on September 24, 2017 and 2,100 saplings in 650 Sqm on December 27, 2017 have been planted under Miawaki method of plantation. “The recharging of borewell by using sinking well, composting of kitchen waste and dry leaves was also initiated” he said. Separately, two water recycling plants have been set up, one at KSR Bengaluru and the other at Yeswanthpur. For effective Solid Waste Management, door-to-door collection of segregated garbage in railway colonies, segregation of dry waste into degradable and non-biodegradable ones and generating manure by processing of wet waste and bio-degradable waste through vermin-composting are being initiated. “300 Kg of manure is being produced from 1000Kgs of waste in vermicomposting” he added. Verma also administered cleanliness pledge to the officers and staff on this occasion. He also inaugurated vertical garden and a pet bottle crushing machine at KSR Bengaluru City railway station and an exhibition on environment-friendly green initiatives of Bengaluru division. Saplings were also distributed to passengers at the railway station, a statement from SWR said. A rally was held at railway station and Mahatma Gandhi Railway Colony in which railway personnel, scouts and guides participated to create awareness among rail users about cleanliness. Verma appealed the public to join hands with railways in keeping the environment clean, the statement adds.
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June 20, 2019
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