June 6, 2016: Power bills have reduced at three railway stations in Pune by replacing conventional lights with light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Railway authorities said they have set up LEDs at Pune, Shivajinagar and Talegaon stations which have assisted in decreasing the everyday energy consumption by 100KW. This has resulted in savings worth Rs 15,000 on a daily basis.
At present, the authorities have plans to install LEDs at Khadki and Chinchwad railway stations. B K Dadabhoy, the divisional railway manager of Pune said that the management is taking elaborate initiatives to guarantee that electricity is saved with the help of LEDs.
Dadabhoy also said that apart from the use of LEDs, the authorities have also almost finished the setup of solar panels at Pune station. The system is to produce around 250 units of power on a daily basis. Two waste water treatment plants will be setup at Pune and Ghorpadi stations to recycle approximately 3.5 lakh litres of waste water on a daily basis, Dadabhoy added.
LEDs slash electricity consumption at Pune railway stations
Until 2015, there were around 16 unmanned crossing gates on railway tracks in Pune division. Of this, 14 gates have been removed off either by giving sub-ways for road users. The outstanding two crossings will be shut down after the construction of subways within the coming months, officials said
The authorities during the recently-concluded ‘Hamsafar week’ held a variety of drives where officials noticed a major presence of illegal beggars and hawkers at the stations. Authorities have said that they will come up with a special drive against them.