Mumbai monorail goes green, all 18 stations set to get sun power


Mumbai monorail goes green, all 18 stations set to get sun power

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to install solar panels on all the 18 monorail stations and the monorail depot at Wadala in order to bring down the expenditure on electricity consumption and pave way for greener sources energy. The electricity generated from the solar panels will be utilised for non-traction purposes which includes lighting on stations, lifts, escalators and water pumps. A MMRDA official said, “Our consumption of electricity will increase after the entire corridor between Chembur and Mahalaxmi will be made operational. The installations of solar panels will bring down the consumption of electricity by around 20 per cent.”

According to the officials, electricity consumption of the monorail between Chembur and Wadala was around 2-3 MW including traction and non-traction purposes. The MMRDA official added, “Once the new operator is appointed for operations, we have to finance the cost incurred for electricity consumption. Also, the cost on security was Rs 50 lakh per month but that will go up after the whole corridor is operational.” Read More

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