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Pune railway division turns focus on going green

According to reports, after working on an action plan for cleanliness at railway stations as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the administration of the Central Railway, Pune division will focus on environmental issues at stations and production units.

Authorities plan to have efficiency in energy consumption, conservation of water resources, and proper use of land by undertaking afforestation.

Chief of the ministry’s recently formed directorate called environment management in the Railway Board K Swaminathan recently sent suggestions and directives to general managers, zonal offices and production units seeking an action plan.

On priority are controlling air, water and noise pollution, conservation of resources, and use of alternative sources of energy. One action point is to introduce a system whereby consumption of energy and water is monitored every month.

After a trend analysis is done, benchmarks should be set for energy and water consumption. The railway administration should identify ongoing works which have a positive contribution towards environment, the directorate has suggested.

Another action point is about undertaking environment audits at railway stations, workshops, and depots to be prepared in the next six months.

Officials of Pune division of the Central Railway said the division will follow the suggestions and directives. Officials have already focused on water and energy conservation. A tank has been installed at the washing shed. Earlier, 30 litres of water was required for each train. A water sprinkling system now uses only 18 litres.

Similarly, efforts have been made to conserve 30% electrical energy on platforms. “If there is no passenger or express train at the platform during night hours, 30% of lights are switched off. Similarly, the division has taken efforts to use LED lights for conservation of energy,” PRO Y K Singh said.

The Railways is harnessing solar energy of about 10 MW capacity at about 500 railway stations, 4,000 level crossing gates and at a number of rooftop spaces of office buildings and workshops.

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