“Energy savings of 570 million units in the traction category and 18 million units without traction were achieved in 2020-21 compared to 2019-2020. This offset carbon dioxide emissions of 5.88 lakh metric ton and theoretical savings of Rs 377 crore, ”said Southern Railway.
Coimbatore Station has contributed to the huge energy savings and achieved Platinum rating from the Indian Green Building Council while Chennai Central Station has been awarded Green-CO certificate, according to a press release.
The Tondiarpet and Ernakulam Diesel locomotive sheds and the Erode, Arakkonam and Royapuram electric locomotive sheds have received ISO 50001 certification.
As part of the electrification of roads, Southern Railway said it has added 370 kilometers of track during the period 2020-2021 and allowed the introduction of passenger and freight trains with electric locomotives, the reduction of diesel vehicles and improving operational efficiency.
“The total fleet of electric locomotives has grown to 568 units and diesel locomotives have been reduced to 120, thus saving huge amounts of diesel and ensuring efficient train operation,” the statement said.
Southern Railway said it has introduced three-phase EMUs (multiple electric units) in the suburbs of Chennai and MEMUs (multiple electric main line units) in other remote areas in place of conventional trains aimed at saving energy.
“LED lamps and BLDC (brushless direct current) fans are used in these trains as well as in conventionally designed cars, saving energy 29% in EMU and 23% in cars. MEMU “.
Online fuel savings were achieved by stopping locomotives during “idle hours” saving Rs 47 crore in 2020-21 and reducing the number of diesel refill depots and diesel locomotives from 340 to 120 units further reduced diesel consumption, thus saving Rs 371 crore.
Southern Railway said it installed 4.9 MWp of solar power and the total solar power generated by installing solar power plants was 12 million units, which saved Rs 5 million. Wind turbines with an installed capacity of 10.5 MW have been installed, resulting in savings of Rs 13 crore by generating 26 million units.
“Southern Railway was working on increasing the capacity of solar power plants and planned to install 109 MWp solar power plants on 288 acres of land,” the statement said.
On the electrification of roads, Southern Railway said it plans to complete the electrification process by 2023 and will link all Southern Railway routes to all parts of the country, eliminating delays in train operation due to the change of locomotives providing comfort to passengers.