Its really a good news for Indian Railway Passengers because more than 4 lakh additional berths will be available to travelers every day from October, 2019 when the railways will shift to latest technology which will help it to generate power from engines, rather than power cars, for lighting and air-conditioning, senior officials said today in a press release.
Currently there are one or two power cars at the end of each train in every LHB rake where the electricity to be supplied to coaches is produced in a diesel generator, known as End on Generation (EOG), officials said.
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The new technology, called “Head on Generation” (HOG), is used worldwide, by which power supply is tapped from overhead power lines and distributed to train coaches.
This is one of the best eco-friendly technology, with no air or noise pollution. It will reduce carbon emissions by 700 Metric Tones per year per train.
Officials say by October 2019, over 5,000 coaches of the Indian Railways will implemented with the new technology. It will not only support trains to shed their power cars and make way for more coaches but also save the national transporter more ₹6,000 crore in fuel bills annually, they say.
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A power car requires 65-70 litres of diesel every hour for an Air Conditioned coach while 40 litres of diesel per hour is required by non- AC coach. One litre of diesel gives out 3 units of electricity so a non- AC coach utilities about 120 units of electricity every hour.
Another power car can be removed and replaced with an extra passenger coach without also increasing the size of the train length. Once all LHB coaches are on this system, we have calculated an increase of more than four lakh berths every day through this and thus additional revenue as well,” said a senior Railway official.
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This is a one of the best welcome move in recent times. It will not create more space for passengers but will also solve commutation problems for thousands of Indians but will be more environment friendly. A lot can be done with the Rs 6,000 crore that will be saved as a consequence of introducing this technology.