East Coast Railway Zone Current Affairs - 2020

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Indian Railway’s first Waste to Energy Plant uses “PolyCrack” Technology

The East Coast Railways commissioned the first waste-to-energy plant of Railways sector of India. It is the fourth such plant in the country. The plant has been set up at a cost of Rs 1.79 crores with Polycrack technology.

Highlights

The plant installed converts waste collected from the garbage disposal units into carbon powder, diesel and gas using Polycrack Technology. The diesel oil is to be sold by the Railways to other stake holders for commercial purposes. The gas and carbon powder are to be used in brick manufacturing. The best thing of the plant is that it does not leave any waste at the end.

The plant has the capacity to process 500 kg of waste per day and will earn Rs 17.5 lakh per annum.

The first of such plant was established by Infosys in 2011 at Bengaluru. The second plant was established in Delhi in 2014 and the third was installed by Hindalco in 2019.

Polycrack Technology

In Polycrack Technology, waste is processed and reformed in 24 hours. The only drawback is that it requires larger area. The technology involves de-polmerization, cracking, reforming, scrubbing, particle filtration and rapid quenching.

The major benefit of the method is that it does not require pre-segregation.

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2nd UDAY Express to run between Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada

Indian Railways’ 2nd UDAY (Utkrisht Double Decker Air Conditioned Yatri) Express will run between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada to cater to busy route in East Coast Railway zone (ECoR), one of 18 railway zones of Indian Railways. The 1st double-decker UDAY Express started service between Coimbatore and Bangalore in June 2018. Another Uday Express is proposed between Bangalore City and Chennai Central.

About UDAY Express

It is a specially-designed double decker air conditioned train with chair car coaches which is primarily allocated to routes with heavy passenger traffic. It is equipped with WiFi facility, have striking interiors, cushioned seating, and display screens.

2nd Uday Express:

Train consists of 9 double-decker coaches and 2 power cars.

This new UDAY Express will boast several modern features such as cushioned seating, LED screen in pantry-cum-dining area for entertainment of passengers, automatic food and beverages vending machine, smoke detection alarm system, modular bio-toilets among others.

Passenger Capacity– It will have a carrying capacity of 50 passengers on upper deck, 48 on lower deck and 22 on ends.

Coaches: Out of 8 coaches, 3 coaches will have dining facilities with a seating capacity of 104 passengers each and other 5 coaches will be without dining area with seating capacity of 120 passengers.

Schedule: Departure time of train number 22701 Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Uday Express from Visakhapatnam is 05:45 am and it will reach Vijayawada at 11:15 am. On its return journey, train number 22702 will leave Vijayawada at 5:30 pm and reach Visakhapatnam at 10:55 pm.

Train Stoppages between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada: Duvvada, Anakapalle, Tuni, Samarlakota, Rajamahendravaram, and Eluru.

Date of introduction of train has not been decide yet.

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