New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said, on monday, the Indian Railways (IR) will be saving Rs 300 crore (approx US$ 46.88 Million) a year through a concerted effort to conserve water & restore water bodies on railway land across the country.
Besides this, the Railways has undertaken energy conservation & energy efficiency measures with a target to achieve 1,000 MW of solar power & 170 MW of wind power installed capacities.
- Prabhu further said,“Railways is the best means of transport in environmental view as we are dealing with all aspects of environment.”
- The Railways is considered the most energy efficient mode of transport & therefore the most environmentally sustainable among all including road, air & water.
- The Railways has undertaken a series of measures for water conservation & recycling through installation of rainwater harvesting structures & setting up water recycling plants.
- The Railways will eventually save Rs 300 crore (approx US$ 46.88 Million) a year through these water conservation measures, Prabhu said.
- It has set a target to recycle 20 crore litres of water every day.
- The installed capacity of recycling 1 crore liters daily is being enhanced to 3.5 crore litres daily by 2017-end through a concerted effort.
- Once the recycling potential of 20 crore litres daily is achieved, the Railways shall save Rs 300 crore (approx US$ 46.88 Million) per year only on its water bill, apart from saving precious water resources.
- Water recycling plants provided already at 30 locations saving 12 million litres of water daily.
- Water audit is underway at the major water consumption centres & rainwater harvesting systems already provided at more than 2200 locations and are being extended further.
- The bigger challenge for environment is climate change, Prabhu said.
- The Railways has taken a leadership role in shouldering India’s responsibility towards climate change goals to promote green environment & clean energy.
- The Railways has established a directorate dedicated to the affairs of environment, cleanliness & waste management, to have an unrelenting focus on the subject.