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Railways' green initiative to improve aesthetics at stations

TNN, 13 February 2014


NEW DELHI: As part of its green initiative, the Indian railway will promote use of renewable and clean energy in 26 buildings, 200 railway stations and 2,000 level crossing gates across the country in the next fiscal. The move also includes making arrangements of "watch and ward" staff to check open defecation and littering near stations.


Highlighting the initiatives in the rail budget for 2014-15, railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday also proposed to create 'Green Curtains' through landscaping and plantation along the tracks near the stations.


"Creation of 'Green Curtains' at Agra and Jaipur (two major tourist destinations in north India) stations is being undertaken on a pilot basis," said Kharge.


The 'Green Curtains' will involve construction of RCC boundary wall of appropriate height along the tracks up to a suitable distance, landscaping from the tracks to the wall and within the circulating area of the stations.


Kharge said, "Once the pilot projects succeed, we intend to invite corporate entities to participate in this programme at other stations through their 'Corporate Social Responsibility' initiatives, besides obtaining support of municipalities and local bodies."


As part of promoting use of renewable and clean energy, the Railway Energy Management Company - which has already become functional - will work on setting up windmill plants and solar power plants with about 40% subsidy from the ministry of new and renewable energy. The minister said, "To begin with 200 railway stations, roof tops of 26 buildings and 2,000 level crossing gates would be covered."


The rail budget proposes to increase use of bio-toilets in coaches of different trains. At present, bio-toilets are being used in about 2,500 coaches.