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Katra solar project to save ₹ 1 crore energy bill for railways

Pitching for green power, the Railways have set up 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, a move that can save up to ₹ 1 crore annually on energy bills and also significant reduction of carbon dioxide at rail premises.

In keeping with the motto of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ for sustainable development and as a significant way to thwart climate change impact, we have been undertaking several green initiatives including the installation of the 1 megawatt solar power plant at Katra station, said a senior Northern Railway official.

The solar project was commissioned in March this year and presently, out of 5,000 units produced daily by the plant, only 1,700 to 1,800 units are utilized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station, whereas 3,200 to 3,300 units are exported to Power Development Department of Jammu and Kashmir Government, he said.

The 1 MW solar power plant consists of 300 KW installed on platform 2/3, 550 KW on platform 1, 100 KW on rooftop of the station building and 50 KW on pathway shelter.

The accrued benefit envisaged was reduction of 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide per annum and a saving of ₹ 1 crore per annum on energy bills to the Railways, the official said. (agencies)

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