The Railways targets to transform as a ‘net zero’ carbon emitter by 2030. By the way of various initiatives, including electrification of broad gauge, improving energy efficiency and switching to renewable sources, the national transporter said on Monday.
It has also target to do some modifications on electrification of all routes on broad gauge by December 2023.
The statement revealed the Railways has carried through electrification of more than 40,000 Route Kilometres (RKM) (63 percent of Broad Gauge (BG) routes). It stated18,605 km electrification work has been done during 2014-20 compared to 3,835 km in 2009-14. It described 365 km of major connectivity work has been appointed amid the COVID period.
During the COVID period, the Katni-Satna section (99 RKM) of Mumbai-Howrah via the Allahabad route has been appointed providing an alternate route to Howrah. Similarly, Pachore-Maksi (88 RKM) section on Indore – Guna-Bina route has also been appointed providing an alternate route to Maksi-Bhopal-Bina, it said, adding that on the Howrah/Sealdah-SVD Katra via Patna route, Bhagalpur-Shivnarayanpur (45 RKM) section has been appointed
On the route connecting Karaikal port to coal, fertilizer, and steel plants in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Thiruvarur – Karaikal port (46 RKM) section has been commissioned, providing port connectivity to Erode, Coimbatore and Palghat.
Indian Railways has also taken a number of initiatives to produce solar energy with solar plants. To date, 100 MW of solar plants have been charged on roof-tops of various buildings including 900 stations. And the tenders also has included on 2022 with 245 MW target. Further, also, Indian Railways is trying to produce power by land-based solar installations for running trains.
Moreover, it has planned by fitting bio-toilets in coaches, efficiency locomotives and trains installation process and Railway electrification also to achieve a net-zero carbon emitter.