Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Railways bag four Energy Conservation Awards
The Ministry of Railways added one more feather in its cap when three of its Zonal Railways bagged four of the National Energy Conservation Awards in 2009. In Railway sector, Western Railway headquartered at Mumbai (Maharashtra) bagged the first prize, North Eastern Railway headquartered at Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) got the second prize and West Central Railway headquartered at Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) received the Certificate of Merit. In Office Building sector, West Central Railway again bagged the first prize for its General Manager Office Building.

The awards were presented by the Union Minister of Power, Shri Sushilkumar Shinde at a function held here today. The Minister of State for Power, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki presided over the function. The awards are being presented on National Energy Conservation Day which is celebrated every year on 14th December.

General Manager, Western Railway, Shri R. N. Verma, General Manager, North Eastern Railway, Shri U.C.D. Shreni and Chief Electrical Engineer, West Central Railway, Shri V.K.Raheja received the awards for their respective zones.

These annual awards recognize innovation and achievement in energy conservation by industrial units, office buildings, hotels and hospitals, zonal railways, state designated agencies, municipalities and manufacturers of BEE Star labeled appliances in their respective fields.

The total energy saved by Western Railway for traction and non-traction is 553.45 lakh units. The energy was saved by taking various measures like switching OFF standby transformers, use of regenerative barking in 3 phase locos, AC-DC EMUS, use of CFL lamps, switching OFF aircondioners after booking hours in reservation office etc.

North Eastern Railway effected a saving of 1.47 million units of electrical units in 2008-09 as compared to 2007-08 despite the increase in the electrical load. The measures undertaken by North Eastern Railway included installation of energy saver, APFC panel, CFL, LED light, solar panels at level crossings, solar panels at stations, better driving technologies in diesel locos etc.

West Central Railway saved energy equivalent to the consumption of 30383 million tonnes of oil. The measures taken by West Central Railway include use of energy efficient light and fans, use of non conventional energy resources, use of capacitor Bank, use of high technology in loco operation etc.

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