Railway Minister inaugurates 26 MW Wind Mill in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today dedicated the 26 MW wind mill plant installed at Kodiyasar village of Fatehgarh in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan to the nation. As a part of green initiative by the Railways, this wind mill plant has been set up by the Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL), a joint venture of Indian Railways and RITES Ltd, mandated to take green initiatives and power procurement for Railways. Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Prabhu emphasised the need to protect the environment, promoting sustainable development and reducing dependence on fossil fuel while rationalising the cost of fuel bills.

Railway Energy Management Co. Ltd (REMCL), a Joint Venture of Indian Railways & RITES Ltd has awarded the work contract to INOX Wind Ltd for the installation of 26 MW Windmill Farm in Jaisalmer Distt., Rajasthan. The Letter of Award of work was signed between REMCL and INOX Wind Ltd in presence of Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu, MOSR Sh. Manoj Sinha, Chairman Railway Board, Member-Engineering, Member-Electrical, Financial Commissioner ,Chairman-REMCL and CMD-RITES Ltd, Director-REMCL and Director Projects-RITES Ltd. & CEO-REMCL graced the occasion. Hon’ble Minister of Railways emphasized the need for taking up more of such renewable energy projects and their timely execution.

This project was conceptualised by REMCL and RITES in 2014 during which occasion, Rajeev Mehrotra, Chairman-REMCL and CMD-RITES stated that this is the biggest renewable energy project of 26 MW windmills being installed for the captive consumption of Indian Railways and is expected to be completed within a period of 9 months from the date of laying the foundation stone, and further stated that similar windmill/solar projects of sizeable capacities are also in the pipeline.

Indian Railways has received accolades for its initiatives in preserving the environment by relying on energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy and announced that it would create ‘Green Curtains’ on a pilot basis at Agra and Jaipur stations. The aim is to build RCC boundary wall of suitable height along the railway boundary at an adequate distance, landscaping from the track to the wall and within station circulating area, while making arrangements to keep a watch to prevent defecation in the open and littering.

On successful completion of the project, the railways would urge the big corporates to become part of this programme at other stations and this would be part of their corporate social responsibility.

Municipalities and local bodies would help the big industrial houses in this green initiative. In order to maintain cleanliness in the coaches as well as on the railway tracks, a bio-toilet has been proposed and the technology has been introduced in about 2,500 coaches. In the near future, the plan would be implemented in more areas and coaches.

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