The southern arm of the Indian Railways, the South Central Railway (SCR) earlier this month declared that the railway station at Kacheguda in Telangana has become the first energy-efficient ‘A1 Category’ railway station in the country.
Falling in the Hyderabad division of SCR, Kacheguda earned the distinction by achieving 100 per cent energy efficiency, said a statement by the South Central Railway.
The replacement of 1,312 conventional lights with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, 370 ceiling fans with Brushless DC Electrical (BLDC) motors energy-efficient fans and 12 air conditioners with energy efficient inverter type ACs is what led to Kacheguda’s ascent to attaining to absolute energy efficiency.
In addition, SCR’s statement also clarified how this initiative is expected to save as many as 1.76 lakh units of electricity for the SCR which amounts to an annual cut back of Rs 14.08 lakhs in electricity costs with reduction of the connected load by 46.18 kW for the Railways.
Kachiguda is one of the old suburbs in Hyderabad, India. The third biggest railway station in Hyderabad, Kacheguda railway station, built during the Nizam rule, is a major landmark of the area. The name was derived from the Kachi community, which still has a good population near the Kachiguda Railway Station.
Earlier this year, SCR, in a well-thought-out move, launched a pilot project that involves employing retired railway employees as Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) facilitators in order to spread awareness amongst commuters about the use of ATVMs. As per the proposal, 21 retired Railways employees have been deployed at Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Begumpet, Lingampally, Sitaphalmandi, Kacheguda and Malakpet railway stations. Their role has been described as that of a facilitator who would issue MMTS, platform and general second class tickets.
Reports have suggested that as many as 76 ATVMs deployed at 16 MMTS stations issue close to 8,800 tickets on a daily basis. Read More
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