Railways wants rapid electrification to check carbon footprint

DELHI: Railways has firmed up plans to reduce the carbon footprint in its operations through a series of measures like rapid electrification of tracks and substantial generation of solar and wind energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuel.

“Our aim is to use clean energy in a big way by generating 1000 MW solar energy and 200 MW wind energy by 2020 in order to decarbonise the Railways,” said Railway Board Member (Traction) A K Kapoor hereĀ on November 2, reports PTI.

Currently, Railways is responsible for generating 22 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.

He said electrification of major rail routes will also result in reduction in carbon footprint in train operations.

“Our aim is to electrify 90 per cent of busy routes so that electric locomotives can replace diesel locos. This will not only result in reduction in pollution but also saving the expenditure on fossil fuel as majority of diesel is imported, Kapoor said.