In a bid to cut power consumption and save on electricity bills, all 1,158 stations on the Central and Western railway have switched to LED lights.
The move is in line with the Railways’ earlier announcement about reducing the transporters carbon footprint and making all stations LED lit by March 31.
In December 2017, railways said it was actively working to provide 100 percent LED lighting for energy needs in railway staff colonies, stations, and platforms. It had also issued directives to Zonal Railways to provide LED light fittings to residential quarters.
Across the country, the initiative will reduce consumption by about 10 percent of the total energy being utilised for its non-traction uses, conserving about 240 million units of electricity.
LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than traditional lamps.
By March 26, all stations on the Western and Central railway, including the ones on Mumbai’s suburban rail network, have switched from conventional lights to LED lights.
Overall, a total of 1,158 stations have switched to LED lights, which is expected to result in savings of over Rs 10.3 crore annually.
LED lights on CR:
Stations with LED: 432
Divisions: Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Solapur, and Bhusaval
Estimated saving in Units (annually): 69.38 lakh units
Estimated savings in Rupees (annually): Rs 5.32 crore
Completion Date: March 26
LED lights on WR:
Stations with LED: 726
Divisions: Mumbai Central, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Ratlam, Rajkot and Bhavnagar
Estimated saving in Units (annually): 68.3 lakh units
Estimated savings in Rupees (annually): Rs 5 crore
Completion Date: March 25
Both CR and WR are also planning to provide energy efficient LED lightings on all railway coaches, residential quarters, workshops and other offices before the March 31 deadline.