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Indian Railways plans to make all stations 100% LED lit by March 2018

The Union Ministry of Railways in an eco-friendly measure to reduce power consumption, has planned to make all stations 100% LED lit by March 2018.

Under this initiative, the national transporter will provide 100% LED lighting for energy needs in railway staff colonies, stations and platforms.

Key Facts

This is huge initiative to provide energy efficient lighting will help in conservation of environment as well. It will help to reduce consumption by about 10% of total energy being utilised for its non-traction uses. It will conserve about 240 million units of electricity and will save Indian Railways about Rs.180 crore annually.

Background

Till November 2017, about 3,500 railway stations have already been provided with 100% LED lights. About 20 lakh such lights were installed. The national transporter also aims at providing these lights on all coaches and EMUs (Electric Multiple Units). Moreover, the lights in 1300 non-AC second-class and 3-tier sleeper coaches have been fully converted to LED. The Indian Railways has also issued directives to Zonal Railways to provide LED light fittings to residential quarters.

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Andhra Pradesh tops World Bank’s energy-saving rankings

Andhra Pradesh has been ranked number one in the World Bank’s ‘Energy Efficiency Implementation Readiness’.

The ranking of the states were released in the World Bank’s study report titled: ‘India’s State Level Energy Efficiency Implementation Readiness’.

Key Facts

  • Andhra Pradesh topped with overall score of 42.01 followed by Rajasthan (41.89), Karnataka (39.34) and Maharashtra (39.29).
  • Kerala, Gujarat, Delhi (UT), Punjab, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh are the other states in the top ten ranking in that order.
  • Andhra Pradesh topped the list by achieving an energy saving of 1,500 million units (MU) i.e. around 650 MW in two years through use of LED lighting.
  • The World Bank study suggests adoption of achievable energy savings targets against the identified energy efficiency interventions.
  • It also calls upon the states to endeavour to bring sector-specific energy efficiency policies with definite goals and time-bound action plans.

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