The Mysuru division of South Western Railway is set to go green as it will harness solar power to reduce dependence on conventional energy.
This is in pursuance of the Indian Railways policy to reduce conventional energy by 10 per cent across India and opt for renewable energy resources where possible.
Hence, the six railway stations in Mysuru division — apart from the office of the Divisional Railway Manager in the city — is poised to make the transition from using conventional energy to solar power. The office of the DRM in Mysuru will be of 50 kV capacity and is set to become functional in due course.
Divisional Railway Manager Atul Gupta told presspersons here on Wednesday that a 10 per cent reduction in usage of conventional power will entail saving nearly Rs. 60 lakh per annum.
The six stations, which are poised to harness solar power, are Chitradurga, Chikjajur, Birur, Kabakaputtur, Chikkamagaluru, and Arsikere. “But in view of the terrain and lack of adequate solar intensity in Chikkamagaluru, we are planning hybrid system and will harness both solar and wind energy,” said Mr. Gupta.
The division has also embarked upon rainwater harvesting on all its new premises, but the thrust is on augmenting groundwater recharge and not storage, he said.