Wind to power Rlys green plan

After adopting an environment-friendly app-roach by introducing ‘green toilets’ in trains, Southern Railway is gearing up for another eco-friendly project to reduce its carbon footprint. Southern Railway will soon set up a 10.5 mw windmill plant in Tamil Nadu at an estimated cost of `66.5 crore. The project is already in the tender stage.

Indian Railways had earlier sanctioned the setting up of two windmills, one in Rajasthan for North Western Railway and the other in Tamil Nadu. According to Indian railway sources `1.25 lakh has been allocated as an initial investment for the project.

A senior official of SR’s electrical department said that this is one of many initiatives that railways plans to execute as part of its attempt go green.

“At the moment, SR is buying 681 million units (MU) per annum from the Tamil Nadu electricity board to run electric locomotives, and 104 million units MU per annum for the power requirements of railway stations and various railway office buildings,” he said.

“Once the windmill becomes functional we are expecting a minimum supply of 21.9 MU per annum, which may be very minute when compared to what we use and require. However, even this small attempt to harness this non-conventional source of energy would help the railways reduce its carbon footprint.”

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