With Indian Railways’ New Plan, Waste from Stations Will Be Converted into Energy


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When it comes to ‘green living’, Indian Railways seems to be working around the clock, finding the best ways with which it can lead the way. First the bio toilets, followed by testing solar powered trains, then the plan to set up plants to manufacture diesel from plastic, and now two waste disposal plant – looks like railways is all set to leave no stone unturned.

In its recent eco-friendly move, Indian Railways will set up waste management plants in New Delhi and Jaipur. These plants will be meant for the disposal of solid waste in an environmentally friendly manner and for generation of energy from the waste.

The two plants will be a part of their Waste-to-Energy project.

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There is a large amount of solid waste generated at stations which includes waste from passengers, visitors, vendors and the railways staff. Presently, this solid waste is taken to the nearest designated municipality location. This requires immense effort in terms of physical transportation. This leads to a delay in transportation sometimes, which ultimately creates a very unhygienic surrounding due to early degradation of waste.

To avoid this, the plants will help in disposal of municipal solid waste and in generation of electricity and synthetic gas from it. The capacity of waste that can be handled at the two plants is proposed to be 20 tons and 5 tons per day, at Delhi and Jaipur respectively. For this, 1,000 square meters land will be provided by railways. Waste-to-energy plants have technological means of waste disposal which results in clean, renewable energy generation

Railways subsidiary RITES Limited (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) has invited organizations which have the experience in this field to express their interest in the project, for the development of the plants.

If all goes well, there is hope for hygienic railway stations in the country.

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