Solar thermal plants will be put up on lands owned by the Indian Railways. This will increase the usage of renewable energy. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu confirmed this plan yesterday.
The minister stated that the sector needs to work towards lessening carbon emissions. He also added that traditional sources of coal have to be used less, and if we continue to use, then the carbon emission would not be reduced. By using innovative ways with the use of technology, we can reduce these carbon emissions. Suresh Prabhu is bringing in a lot of ideas for the betterment of the rail sector and currently wants to take actions to increase the use of solar power.
The Railway Minister says that the rail sector has already started the procedure of bringing in use rooftop of railway buildings to generate solar power. Not just this, but the harness of solar energy will be done by putting panels on the roof of the railway coaches. Apart from this, he added that the rail sector is planning on developing solar thermal projects to generate power. These projects will be set up on the Railway lands across the country. Other than this, they are making considerations for development of solar power generations under the Public Private Partnership model.
Suresh Prabhu has been constantly bringing in new ideas and development plans for the Indian Railways. In his initial financial plan, he had said that the government will help to set up 1000 MW solar plants in the coming five years. He also said that there is a need for energy audits to have a control over emissions and make effective usage of electricity.
Suresh Prabhu is not just setting up solar plants but is also getting a lot of investment for the Indian Railways. The finances will be used to modernise and develop the stations as well as improve the trains.
Not just for the development of the Rail sector, but Suresh Prabhu has also stated that in the next two to three months, there will be CCTV cameras in ladies coach. He stated that around 20,000 CCTV cameras are going to be installed in the upcoming two months. For now, this will only be a part of the coach trains across the country. The money used for this project will be from the Nirbhaya Funds. We just hope local trains and railway stations also get CCTV cameras and tight security to help all the women across the country.