Indian Railways to Set Up 1 GW Solar Capacity by 2020-21

Indian Railways has an existing capacity of 71.19 MW of Solar plants from rooftops solar installations at various Railways stations.

Indian Railways Solar

Ministry of Railways has planned to set up 1000 Mega Watt (MW) solar power by 2020-21 which would help Railways to source about 10% of its electrical energy from renewable source, Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Indian Railways has an existing capacity of 71.19 MW of Solar plants from rooftops solar installations at various Railways stations and service buildings.

Wind energy plants of 36.5 MW have been installed out of which, 26 MW at Jaisalmer was installed in 2015-2016.

All electrified Railway stations (except those under gauge conversion) and 99% of service buildings have been fitted with 100% LED luminaries over Indian Railways.

Apart from this, pace of installation of environment friendly bio-toilets in passenger coaches has been increased. Nearly 163,000 bio-toilets have been installed in around 44,500 coaches, out of which more than 127,000 bio-toilets were installed in around 33,500 coaches since April, 2016.

Pace of electrification has been increased. As on 1st April, 2018, 30,212 Route Kilometers (RKM) of Indian Railways are electrified out of which 5,733 RKM was done in two years 2016-17 and 2017-18. Electrification work is in progress on 33,658 Route Kilometers.

In 2016, a policy decision was taken for allocating 1% cost in all sanctioned works for execution of environment related works.

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