NAGPUR: Close monitoring and effective counselling has led to Nagpur Division of Central Railway saving 1.24 crore units of electric traction energy worth Rs6.61 crores in the last six months — from April to September.
Indian Railways has developed a long-term energy efficiency & conservation program (EECP) which aims at progressively introducing a number of energy-efficient technologies and measures in the railway system. The Nagpur Central Railway seems to have taken a lead.
The division’s consumption decreased from 7,71,47,664 energy units to 7,18,13,112 units during the last six months which translates to 6.92%. Its regeneration increased from 1,21,98,015 energy units to 1,24,44,714 units during the same period, an increase of 2.02%.
“In terms of money, the loco pilots could save Rs6.61 crore. The amount has been calculated on the basis of what railways used to pay to MSEDCL,” said officials.
DRM Brijesh Kumar Gupta told that CR has a special focus on “conservation of electrical energy consumption by the locomotives while hauling trains”.
Gupta said a special drive was launched for loco running staff regarding energy conservation and all running staff were contacted individually and counselled by chief loco inspectors (CLIs) for steps they have to take during duty to ensure conservation of energy while hauling trains by locomotives.
The DRM said application of brakes invariably results in loss of energy. “Hence, we have seized the opportunity by utilizing regenerative braking technology available in three-phase locos. This technology acts like a power house,” added Gupta.
All loco pilots are being motivated to effectively regenerate as much energy as possible. “CLIs have also been told to play a major role by improving loco pilots’ driving technique through monitoring and counselling,” said Gupta.
The division has fixed a benchmark in terms of energy consumption and regeneration in all sections and pamphlets with energy consumption and regeneration yard sticks were distributed to all running staff for their ready referral. For the last six months, a section-wise data bank has been prepared on consumption and regeneration for stringent monitoring purposes on monthly basis.
Gupta says by analysing this data, good and poor performing loco pilots are being identified and through counselling corrective actions are initiated. “A habit is being cultivated among all loco pilots to use more and more regenerative braking during driving,” he says.
Further, to encourage running staff, the division has started rating best three performers working on passenger and goods trains as ‘Energy Stars’. The selection is done based on monthly data analysis. Names of best performers are also displayed at all driver lobbies and they are presented DRM’s ‘Energy Star’ honour.