Date of Post: 06 Nov, 2017
New Delhi: The NLC (Neyveli Lignite Corporation) will set up solar power plants on railways’ vacant land, Union Minister for Railways & Coal Piyush Goyal said.
Goyal, addressing the International seminar ‘India Mining – on the cusp of Transformation’, said railways is going to tie up with NLC to have them put up solar power generating equipment across the railways at their investment & the railways would be buying that power.
Solar Plants On Railway Land
- Goyal said,”Thousands of acres of the railways land has already been encroached, so wherever we have railway land, I want NLC to put up the solar plants so that I can save them from encroachment.”
- The agreement in this regard would be signed very soon, he added.
NLC To Help In Expanding Railway Platforms
- The second objective is to take NLC’s help in expanding railways platforms, the Railway Minister said.
- Goyal said,”We have existing platforms that need to be expanding on both sides because we are going in for longer rakes and platforms don’t handle such long rakes. NLC will help us expand the existing platforms, create a roof over the platform extension, and we will have a different rate of power for the investment they will be putting in to do that.”
NLC Help Railways In Creating More Infrastructure
- While helping the Railways energy security, the NLC will also help the Railways in creating more infrastructure for passenger amenities, he said.
- He added,”The third thing we have agreed is that whenever we need the land on which you (NLC) have put solar power plants; NLC will shift the equipment somewhere else. If it is during the payback period, NLC can shift it at the cost of the railways.”
About The NLC Limited
- State-run NLC India Limited is engaged in mining of lignite & generation of power through lignite based thermal power plants.
- The company has moved from an only lignite mining & power generation company to become an energy company.
- Currently, the company has a total power generation capacity (including JVs) of 4301 MW.