The Indian Railways project to use energy-efficient tubelights and compact flurorescent lamps (CFL) in offices and staff colonies across the country is rolling along in the state.
The implementation of the project had started in Ghaziabad last May. Now,the distribution of CFLs and energy-efficient T-5 tubelights in all railway zones has begun, said NCRs Chief Public Relations Officer RD Bajpai.
In the stations of Allahabad division,work is in progress to replace the ordinary tubelights with energy T-5 tubelights. This will cover all the big stations Allahabad,Kanpur,Mirzapur,Mughalsarai,Tundla,Aligarh,and Etawah.
Plus,in the first phase,65,300 CFLs will be distributed in railway residences of Allahabad division, said Bajpai. The other two divisions at Agra and Jhansi will be covered in the second phase.
The lighting in all major stations will be as per the guidelines of Bureau of Energy Efficiency,which is a statutory body under the Ministry of Power, said Bajpai. This alone will help the North-Central Railway save 20 per cent energy.
In the North-Central Railway,the switchover will lead to saving of 50 per cent of the power,with a cascading impact on power bills that will maximise profits.
A CFL or T-5 tubelight of 30 watt gives as much light as a traditional 60 watt bulb,said a senior railway official. So the energy saving is expected to be not less than 50 per cent.
For an organisation the size of the Indian Railways,the energy and monetary savings are going to be colossal. Bajpai said he was no position to give to total savings in terms of money or energy,but the North Central Railway will save an estimated Rs 25 crore annually by implementing these energy-saving measures.
A WIN-WIN PROJECT
The Indian Railways will replace 2.6 million tubelights and incandescent bulbs,currently in use in around 6.5 lakh railway buildings across the 16 railway zones.
The project is part of the Clean Development Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,launched in May 2009 by the Railway Ministry and C-Quest Capital,Malaysia Limited,to save energy.
In the process,the Railways will earn carbon credits which will be shared with Philips India,which will supply the CFLs free of cost to the Railways. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency will conduct the energy audit,the Railways will ensure the implementation of the scheme while C-Quest Capital,which specialises in energy saving,will provide technical knowhow and logistic support.