NEW DELHI :
Getting a train berth could soon be easier for you as the Indian Railways plan to add 4 lakh more seats every day from this October. The Railways plan to implement a new green technology that will allow the national transporter to generate power from locomotives instead of power generation cars. The eco-friendly technology will be free of any air or noise pollution.
Railways' new green technology explained in 10 points:
1) As of now, most trains have power cars housing diesel generators, which supply electricity to coaches for various purposes including lighting, fans and air conditioning. Typically, one train has one or two such power cars, also know as End on Generation (EOG).
2) The Railways will replace EOG with 'Head on Generation' (HOG), a technology being used worldwide to generate power for the AC units, fans and lights in train coaches.
3) HOG technology enables power supply from overhead electric lines. According to an IANS report over 5,000 coaches of the Indian Railways will operate on this new technology by October.
4) Even now the Railways tap power from overhead tension wires but does that only to run the engines. An equipment called pantograph is in use for the purpose.
5) The adoption of this new HOG technology will give the Railways enough space to add more coaches by replacing the power generation cars with sleeper coaches. Without increasing the train's length, the Railways can add one passenger coach by removing a power car.
6) The eco-friendly technology will also help the Indian Railways save around ₹6,000 crore in fuel bills every year besides reducing carbon emissions by 700 MT per year per train.
7) Rajdhani Express trains, for example, are currently hauled by a single locomotive with two diesel-powered generator cars at the rear. Rajdhani Express trains currently have 22 coaches with over 1,200 berths of various categories. Once the power cars are removed, they will be replaced with two additional AC-3 tier coaches, adding 130 berths.
8) In some trains, the Railways may want to retain one power car for standby purposes.
9) The new technology will help the Railways increase its revenue in two ways - a ₹6,000 crore cut in diesel bill and revenue from sale of an additional 4 lakh seats in trains.
10) The Indian Railways expect to be able to start the new technology by October this year.