Indian Railways moving towards pollution-free modernization! From DFCs to electrification, see major steps

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By Team Energyinfrapost

To become the world’s largest green railway network, Piyush Goyal Indian Railways is moving towards becoming a “net zero carbon emitter” before the year 2030. Since 2014, the electrification of railways which is eco-friendly and reduces pollution has increased around ten times, according to the Railway Ministry. Besides, the national transporter has planned to electrify the balance Broad Gauge (BG) routes across the Indian Railways network by December 2023 in order to achieve 100 per cent electrification of BG routes. From DFCs to Bio-Toilets, here are some major steps were taken by Indian Railways to move towards pollution-free modernization:

  • Indian Railways has adopted modern measures such as Head-On-Generation systems, Bio-Toilets and LED lights, automatic coach washing plants, water conservation as well as solar powered stations to contribute towards environmental protection.
  • Dedicated Freight Corridors (Eastern DFC and Western DFC) are being developed as a low carbon green transportation network with a long-term low carbon roadmap, which will allow it to adopt more energy-efficient as well as carbon-friendly processes, practices and technologies.
  • In July 2016, an MoU signed between the national transporter and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the facilitation of Green initiatives on the Indian Railways network. Till now, as many as 39 Workshops, eight Loco Sheds, seven Production Units and one Stores depot have been ‘GreenCo’ certified. These include two Platinum ratings, 15 Gold ratings as well as 18 Silver ratings.
  • Also, Green Certification has also been achieved by 19 stations including three Platinum, six Gold and six Silver ratings. In addition, 27 more railway buildings, campuses, offices, as well as other establishments, are also Green certified including 15 Platinum, nine Gold and two Silver ratings.

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RBI imposes penalty on BoI, PNB totalling ₹6 crore

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RBI said the penalties were imposed based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance and are not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into them with their customers

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NTPC Subsidiary Floats Tender to Procure Land for Solar Projects in Maharashtra

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By Team Energyinfrapost

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, has invited bids to purchase land for setting solar power projects under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana in Maharashtra.

As per the requirement, NVVN will purchase the land or have a lease agreement with the applicants. In the case of a lease agreement, the tenure for lease will be 30 years from the date of signing the lease agreement.

The last date to submit the bids is June 17, 2021, and bids will be opened on the same day.

Private landowners, registered farmer producer organizations, entrepreneurs, sole proprietorships, partnerships, companies, cooperative societies, government companies, and public sector undertakings will be eligible to participate in the tender.

Source:: NTPC Subsidiary Floats Tender to Procure Land for Solar Projects in Maharashtra

      

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways caught 27 lakh ticketless passengers travelling on trains in 2020-21

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By Team Energyinfrapost

In the last fiscal, over 27 lakh people were caught travelling ticketless on Indian Railways’ trains, an RTI query has revealed. This happened despite having severe restrictions on passengers’ entry at railway stations without confirmed tickets in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the figure was 25% of the number of ticketless cases registered the previous financial year and that is attributable to the restrictions imposed by the government to check the novel coronavirus contagion, according to officials quoted in a PTI report. The Railway Board made available the data following an RTI query made by MP-based activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur, which showed that between the period of April 2020 and March 2021, a total of 27.57 lakh people were caught travelling ticketless and an amount of Rs 143.82 crore was levied as a fine from them.

In the financial year 2019-2020, 1.10 crore people were caught in total, travelling ticketless and a cumulative fine of Rs 561.73 crore was realized from them. The fiscal of 2020-2021 was the period when the national transporter in its history ran the least number of passenger trains due to the pandemic and there were severe restrictions on the movement of passengers inside railway premises, including non-issuance of platform tickets. It includes the period of lockdown between April 14 and May 3 when Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways was not operating any passenger trains except the Shramik Specials which started from the month of May.

Source:: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways caught 27 lakh ticketless passengers travelling on trains in 2020-21

      

World still falls short of ensuring equitable access to energy: Report

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By Team Energyinfrapost

During the last decade, a greater share of the global population gained access to electricity than ever before, but the number of people without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa actually increased.

Unless efforts are scaled up significantly in countries with the largest deficits the world will still fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030, according to Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the report, significant progress has been made since 2010 on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, but progress has been unequal across regions. While more than one billion people gained access to electricity globally over the last decade, COVID’s financial impact has made basic electricity services unaffordable for 30 million more people, the majority located in Africa.

Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia had the biggest electricity access deficits, with Ethiopia replacing India in the top three.

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run 2 more: Full list Indian Railways resumes 16 special trains x

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By Team Energyinfrapost

North-Central Railways (NCR) division of Indian Railways has decided to restore 16 special trains, run two new special superfast express trains, and change the frequency of two trains this month. Meanwhile, six special trains have been cancelled for June.

The NCR division will run Gorakhpur-Panvel summer special train (05063) and Panvel-Gorakhpur summer special train (05064) this month. The former will operate on June 6, June 10 and June 13, whereas the latter will run on June 7, June 11 and June 14.

The division has also decided to increase the frequency of Subedarganj-Dehradun (04113) and Dehradun-Subedarganj (04114) special trains from two days a week to three days a week.

Two special superfast express trains – Prayagraj-Anand Vihar (04127) and Anand Vihar-Prayagraj (04128) – will also be operated during June. The former will run every Friday between June 11 and June 18, while the latter will run every Saturday between June 12 and June 19.

Meanwhile, six trains have been partially cancelled by the NCR division. Bhubaneswar-New Delhi (02823) stands cancelled on June 11, June 14, June 17 and June 18, while New Delhi-Bhubaneswar (02824) has been cancelled for June 12, June 15, June 17 and June 19.

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