MUMBAI: Central Railway’s Matheran Hill Railway is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Maharashtra, India. A delight to the tourists and the route to the summer destination for Mumbaikar’s covers a distance of 21 kms cutting a swathe through forest in Western Ghats from Neral to Matheran.
The narrow gauge railway line halts at three stations in between Jummapatti, Waterpipe, Aman Lodge and terminate at Matheran. All these four stations are now provided with solar power plants of capacity 500-1000 Wp and wind Mill of capacity 6.1 KWp at matheran including energy efficient LED lights and Fans.
Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations officer, Central Railway informed that on installation of Green Energy System, generation capacity of the each system at Jummapatti, Waterpipe, Aman Lodge is 75-80 KWH & Matheran is 680-690 KWH per month. The electric supply from the renewable sources will bring down the hill railway station’s power bill drastically resulting in savings of Rs.2.07 lakh per year, besides reducing its carbon footprints.