Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on 17 January 2017 launched Mission 41k, a programme that will save energy worth Rs 41000 crore over 10 years through an integrated energy management system.
This programme will be aimed at revamping the Indian railways.
Highlights of the Mission 41k
• Under this initiative, Indian railways will electrify 24000 km of rail tracks over the next five years.
• It will double the annual rate of electrification from 2000 km to 4000 km in the next two years.
• The railways will award contracts on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Model for railway electrification projects in order to achieve this target.
• It will also mechanise the execution of the project through self-propelled wiring trains.
• Under Mission 41k, more green energy will be used through 1000 megawatt (MW) solar and 200MW wind plants.
• LED lights and bulbs will be also be installed across all the railway stations, trains and offices.
Mission 41k was unveiled at a time when Indian Railways hopes a six-fold increase in its passenger and freight traffic by 2030.
It expects to grow passenger and freight traffic 3.64 trillion passenger kilometres and 961 billion tonne kilometres respectively in 2005 to 19.4 trillion passenger kilometres and 6.68 trillion tonne kilometres respectively by 2030.
Indian Railways spent over Rs 31,000 crore on energy in 2014-15, which includes expenditure of Rs 10436 crore towards electric traction, Rs 18586 crore towards diesel and Rs 2198 crore towards supply of electrical energy to various offices, workshops and railway stations, etc.
Indian Railways has already saved around Rs 300 crore during 2015-16 and Rs 1000 crore till November 2016 itself. And in the current financial year, it aims at saving around Rs 1800 crore through energy management.
Who: Mission 41K
When: 17 January 2017