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Manoj Sinha inaugurates Conference on E-
Manoj Sinha inaugurates Conference on E- Mobility organised by Indian Railways & NITI Aayog

NEW DELHI. A Conference on “E-Mobility in Indian Railways” organized by Ministry of Railways through Institution of Railways Electrical Engineers (IREE) in association with NITI Aayog concluded here today.

The one-day conference inaugurated by the Minister of State of Communication (I/C) and Minister of State of Railways, Shri 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, Shri Amitabh Kant; Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani; Member Traction, Railway Board, & Patron, IREE, Shri Ghanshyam Singh, other Members of Railway Board, Additional Member Electrical, Railway Board & President, IREE, Ms. Manju Gupta, and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

While speaking on the occasion, Shri 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 Hon’ble 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.

Shri Amitabh Kant has stated that with increased urbanization in the country, we should pay more emphasis on E-mobility powered by clean energy to improve the living conditions. He stated that solar is a sunrise industry with potential for huge employment opportunities and Indian Railways should become a growth engine in promoting electric mobility systems in the country, capture the global opportunities in this field and also become a model to the other nations. He stated the need for more research in the energy storage technology for taking ahead renewable energy options further. He stated that Indian Railways should take benefit of the competitive pricing in the solar technology and maximize the solar power generation.

Shri Ashwini Lohani stated that Indian Railway should improve the productivity in the areas of function and become an excellent public transport system. He has stated that electrification of railway lines has been identified as one of the major potential area for reducing the expenditure of Indian Railways. He also voted for seamless movement of traffic between different modes of transport, and ease of sharing revenue, increase the speed of freight trains, improved terminals and their integration. He stated that with DFC in pipeline and the need for right powering of trains, there is an increased requirement for electric locomotives. He also stated that Indian Railways will grow and meet the aspirations of the people.

Shri Ghanshyam Singh provided a brief on the activities of Traction Directorate, achievements in the last one year and action plan for the future. He stated that Indian Railways has achieved the highest ever electrification of 4087 Rkm during 2017-’18 and has planned to increase this execution capacity further. He has stated that to face the challenges posed by the accelerated electrification in terms of availability of electric locomotives and utilisation of diesel locomotives, the in-house production of electric locomotives has been increased and the first in the world initiative of conversion of diesel locomotives to electric locomotives has been undertaken. More than this conversion, the converted electric locomotive will have 92% more power as compared to the diesel locomotive. He stated that by adoption of LEDs, renewable energy and open access in non- traction areas, annual saving of around Rs. 1100 Crore is envisaged. He hoped that this conference shall bring out some innovative ways to be employed in railway electrification field, latest available technology for electrification, Rolling stock and energy storage systems.

Ms. Manju Gupta while delivering the welcome speech has stated that the focus of E-mobility is moving towards electric driven vehicles from the traditional fossil based ones. She has also stated that the technological advancements and reduction in the costs is driving the world towards renewable energy, electric vehicles and against this background, this conference on E-Mobility is being organized by Indian Railways in association with NITI Aayog.

Around 300 numbers of delegates from Ministry of Railways, Central Ministries, various Public Sector Undertakings, and industry partners have attended the conference.(Updated on September 4th, 2018)