The Telegraph
Friday, December 15, 2017

NFR sets LED lights target

First published on 07-Dec-2017

Guwahati: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has set its target to replace the conventional lights in all its 534 stations with LED lights within March.

NFR chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma on Wednesday said 100 per cent work on replacing conventional lights with LED lights have been completed in 101 stations and work was on to make rest of the stations fully LED-lit within the targeted period.

"It's a huge initiative to provide energy-efficient lighting which will eventually greatly help in conservation of environment. This will lead to an annual saving of Rs 67 lakh per year in the energy bill of the railway," he said.

Of the 101 stations where LED lighting has been completed, 35 are in Katihar division, 14 in Alipurduar division, 30 in Rangiya division, 16 in Lumding division and six in Tinsukia division.

The railway ministry has taken up a mission to encourage the use of renewable energy in trains and stations across the country.

The Southern Railway has recently started a project to replace all their lights with LED.

Sources in NFR said lights in the trains are also being replaced with LED lights phase-wise.

In another initiative to harvest clean and green energy, the NFR has already commissioned several roof-top solar-powered plants over railway establishment.

"These plants are producing around 980KW of power for official use. We are going to have more such solar power plants gradually," Sharma said.

The NFR had earlier started work to cover 887km in the Northeast as green corridors by fitting zero-discharge free bio-toilets in all trains by March.

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