Hyderabad: Indian Railways, the lifeline of the country, carrying over 23 million passengers every day is the largest passenger carrying system in the world. It is also the single largest consumer of natural resources and a major contributor to green environment due to reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It has set a goal of turning 100 stations green within next one year.
With economic growth, the passenger and freight traffic on the Indian Railways is expected to grow from 3,635 billion passenger kilometres and 961 billion tonne-kilometres respectively in 2005 to 19,427 billion passenger kilometres and 6,677 billion tonne-kilometres respectively by 2030, an increase of more than six folds.
Railway has plans to change its energy mix and will be using green energy. It is going to install solar and wind plants for using green energy on its system. To change energy mix towards green energy in a phased manner, Ministry of Railways plans to set up 1,000 MW solar and 200 MW wind plants. Railways have an ambitious goal to save Rs 41,000 crore in energy savings in the next one decade.
Indian Railways had entered into a partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in July 2016. As part of this partnership, CII is facilitating various railways’ production units, workshops and other assets go the greenway and in the process equipping them to green their operations and practices.