Railway targets to reduce 2.5 lakh tons of carbon emission per year in NCR zone
july 13, 2021

LUCKNOW: Following the government of India's ambitious project to significantly reduce carbon emission and produce 175 gigawatts of solar power by 2022, the north central railway zone whose 97 percent of operation area is within Uttar Pradesh is expected to reduce 2.5 lakh tons of carbon foot print every year, as the zone will have 297 MWp (megawatt peak) solar power plants.

Currently, the zone whose prime responsibility is to provide high speed rail operation between west to east and north to south, as 11.03 MWp solar systems in its three divisions and three workshops---including Prayagraj with 3614 kWp capacity of renewable system which helped railway to save Rs 1.09 crore in 2020-21 financial year. In the remaining two divisions Agra and Jhansi, the zone had 1,588 and 1,204 kWp capacity solar photovoltaic cell systems, while in the three railway workshops of Jhansi division, a total of 4624 kWp capacity solar energy systems were installed on roofs.

According to the railway, in total three divisions and three workshops helped the railway to reduce 9,000 tons of carbon footprint in the previous financial year and saved Rs 3.96 crore.

It’s important to note that out of the current 11.03 MWp capacity system, 120 kWp has been installed by the railway, while remaining 10882.34 kWp capacity has been installed by two major private players on public private partnership at station buildings, workshops, training schools, DRM and GM offices.

Shivam Sharma, the CPRO of NCR zone said, "NCR has set an ambitious target for 2021-22 to generate solar energy to the tune of 1.3 crore units, thereby saving about Rs 5 crores under the aforesaid ‘Solar Mission - NCR’."

The principal chief electrical engineer of NCR Satish Kothari, who is at the helm of affairs to promote solar energy claimed, “Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) has prepared a plan to install 297 MWp (megawatt peak) solar power plants including 1.86 MWp on roof top, 46.25 MWp on vacant lands near railway stations (around 185 acres acres) and 249 MWp on vacant lands along the railway tracks (around 1320 acres) falling under Golden Diagonal & Golden Quadrilateral of the zone.”

"After the installation of 297 MWp solar plants, NCR is expected to reduce 2.5 lakh tons of carbon emission. With the current infrastructure, the zone prevented a 16 percent carbon footprint that is 3,100 tons between April to June of this financial year, in comparison to 2,700 tons last financial year first quarter," he added.

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