Nature will now decide whether the lights at platforms will remain switched on.
The Central Railway (CR) is looking at introducing a system by which power supply to tube lights on platforms and concourses at railway stations will depend on the quantum of natural light available.
A software called as ‘lighting management system’ would be installed at all stations. This means that the lights would turn off in the morning and automatically switch on in the evening. “We are considering a software which would eliminate manual operation of switches,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The system will have a sensor fitted to it, which will gauge the natural light outside and command the software to automatically turn on or off. The CR will incur a cost of Rs 29.66 lakh for installing this system.
“We will complete work of installing these new lighting management systems by March 2011,” said S Mudgerikar, chief PRO, CR. A solar-based system at level crossings is also proposed between Kalyan-Igatpuri and Kalyan-Lonavla sections at a cost of Rs 8.89 lakh.