Doing its bit for the environment, the Central Railway (CR) is not only saving energy, but also money.
In 2010-11, CR saved around Rs51 crore after achieving a 15% reduction in specific energy consumption (SEC).
SEC is the index to measure how efficiently electrical assets have been used.
As part of its green initiative, CR has also instructed its workers to keep pantry cars in outstation trains clean and not to litter on the railway tracks.
From April 2010 to March 2011, CR has consumed 6.49 SEC units compared to 7.63 SEC units in 2009-10 - a 15% reduction in overall energy consumption.
CR has been able to achieve this after adopting several measures to save energy in its locomotives and local suburban trains.
"One of the major ways to save energy has been the conversion of direct current to alternate current for local trains. We have also be using other techniques such as regenerative braking system and switching off locomotives that have been waiting for more than 45 minutes at one spot," said V Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, Central Railway.
He added that CR has also been taking technical measures to reduce energy consumption, such as planning the trip of a goods train according to the weight and distance of the ration.
"All drivers have been instructed to run locomotives on a single engine, even if it is a multi-engine loco," said Malegaonkar.
In a major clean-up drive, CR has instructed all pantry car workers to collect garbage and dispose it only at Kalyan, Igatpuri and Lonavla stations.
There are at least 20 long distance CR trains that enter the city and 20 others that originate from the city.
All these 40 trains halt at Kalyan station where pantry car workers dispose of the garbage.
"After inspecting the pantry cars on Central Railway trains, officials found that the workers were not disposing of the garbage in the right manner and were dirtying the tracks on the suburban section. If they don't follow our instructions, they will have to face a disciplinary action in terms of fines," warned Malegaonkar.