New Delhi: A Conference on “E-Mobility in Indian Railways” organized by Ministry of Railways through Institution of Railways Electrical Engineers in association with NITI Aayog concluded in Delhi last day.
The one-day conference inaugurated by the Minister of State of Communication and Minister of State of Railways, Manoj Sinha was a pre-cursor to the “Move: Global Mobility Summit” organized by NITI Aayog on 7th and 8th Sept.’18. CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant; Chairman, Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani; Member Traction, Railway Board, & Patron, IREE, Ghanshyam Singh, other Members of Railway Board, Additional Member Electrical, Railway Board & President, IREE, Manju Gupta, and senior officials were also present on the occasion.
While speaking on the occasion, Manoj Sinha has stated that Ministry of Railways has decided to accelerate the pace of electrification and adopt EPC mode of tendering for RE projects. He has stated that after the proposed electrification of railway lines, Rs. 13,000 crore per annum could be saved in fuel bill and also reduce the carbon emissions by around 3.4 million tonnes per annum. He has stated that the actual savings due to initiatives in energy procurement has so far been Rs. 7504 crore, higher than as envisaged in Mission 41k. He has also stated that Indian Railways should increase their solar power target and has to lead this segment in the country and also go with the vision of Prime Minister’s Clean and Green energy. He has stated that Indian Railways should look into the options of Ethanol blending. He has hoped that this seminar would bring out new ideas and initiatives to make Indian Railways more efficient, preferred and greener mode of transport and also enable Indian Railways become a growth engine in the economic development of the nation.
The session has also a presentation on Push Pull Mode of train operation with locomotive on front and rear of the passenger train and its advantages as compared to train set. The session on distributed wireless control system has deliberated on the technical advantages and flexibility that the system provides with respect to operations. Session also discussed remote monitoring of the locomotives including monitoring the locomotive parameters on real time basis, reducing the failure of the locomotive and using this system for maintenance of locomotive. The session has also a presentation on end of train telemetry system for control of freight trains including its advantages in terms of reduced expenditure by doing away with train guard and increased revenue by providing earning wagon in place of guard van.
Around 300 numbers of delegates from Ministry of Railways, Central Ministries, various Public Sector Undertakings, and industry partners have attended the conference.