Mumbai: Vegetable farms along Central Railway tracks to make way for solar panels

Updated: Jul 30, 2020, 07:56 IST | Rajendra B Aklekar | Mumbai

CR to use electricity generated to run trains, expects to save nearly Rs 107 crore annually

The CR has also planned rooftop solar power plants for additional savings
The CR has also planned rooftop solar power plants for additional savings

The Central Railway is set to harness the power of the sun. Veggie farms along the rail tracks will now be passé and one will soon see solar panels along acres of empty land along rail tracks.

In a major shift in policy, the Central Railway on Wednesday decided to use empty rail land to set up solar panels instead of vegetable farms unlike it was done before. The policy is not only expected to prevent encroachment but also yield savings of R107 crore in power bills. "Central Railway has identified vacant trackside stretches and unutilised land parcels to set up land-based solar power panels with a capacity of 109 MWp (Mega Watt peak), which is used to run trains. These solar panels are expected to generate 143 million units of energy per year," a senior official said.

The official added that this will save R43 crore in energy bills per annum. "Similarly, for non-traction purposes, vacant land parcels have been identified where solar power plants of aggregate 71 MWp capacity have been planned. These will generate 93 million units of energy per year and yield a saving of R64 cr per annum. Thus, the total savings in energy bills per annum will be around R107 cr," he said.

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143mn
No. of energy units solar panels along the tracks could generate

Karnavati Exp scare

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