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With 100% LED lights installed in stations, East Coast Railways to save Rs 1.35 crore
In order to take forward the energy conservation measures, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) has completed installation of LED lights in all its stations under its jurisdiction. It has replaced the conventional lights with these LED lights.
ECoR is expected to save Rs 1, 33, 52,038 every year after using LED lights across its zone. “After implementation of 100 per cent LED lights at all 313 stations, total energy savings comes to 21, 29, 690 units,” said official sources.
The zone had started installation of the LED lights in January this year. The Railway Board had given target to ECoR to provide 100 per cent LED lights in all its stations by end of the March this year. According to the direction, the zone completed the process by March 25.
ECoR has three divisions- Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair. It has 313 stations and six passenger halts (PH) under its jurisdiction spread over Odisha and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Out of these, six PHs under Waltair division have no electricity connection. So the six PHs are not included in the projects.
The project covered 134 station of Khurda Road division. After installation, this division will save 12, 79,690 energy units per annum and save cost around Rs 77, 52,038. Sambalpur division has installed these lights in its 67 stations and saved 6.5 lakh energy units costs around Rs 41 lakh per annum. Similarly, 118 stations of Waltair division have received the lights to save 2 lakh energy units that cost around Rs 15 lakh per annum.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a government-owned energy service company, carried out the project in the ECoR after going through an agreement with the ministry of Railways.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal in his budget speech had announced about the LED project. It had set the target of achieving 100 per cent LED lighting by March 31, 2019, but the deadline was later revised to March 31 this year.
ECoR spokesperson said the initiative will not only save millions of rupees per annum in electricity bills but also reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.