The Indian Railways has announced its plan of going green in a big way. The initiatives include introduction of new generation electric and diesel locomotives, use of bio-diesel and procurement of minimum three-star rated products, which are all showing results in saving energy.
Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, as a first step has earlier commissioned a a 10.5-MW wind farm in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.
Adoption of third-phase technology in suburban trains is also resulting in 25%-30% energy regeneration by utilising the braking energy in Electric Multiple Units trains in Mumbai. “Installation of regenerative braking in suburban trains in Mumbai will lead to an average saving of Rs 1.03 crore per annum per rake,” said an official.