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N. F. Railway observed World Environment Day Undertakes multi-pronged initiatives to reduce carbon foot prints GM/NFR holds review meeting on new line project at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh

In line with the Indian Railways commitment towards a greener nation, World Environment Day was observed o­n 5th June, 2022 with befitting manner in Northeast Frontier Railway. Shri Anshul Gupta, General Manager of N. F. Railway led other officials in planting saplings at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh to mark the World Environment Day, 2022.The General Manager also held a review meeting at Pasighat o­n progress of the o­ngoing Murkongselek (Assam) – Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh) new broad gauge line project (26.15 km) being constructed at an approximate cost of Rs. 750 crs. During the meeting held at the Pasighat Circuit House, Hon’ble Member of Parliament Shri Tapir Gao, Hon’ble MLAs Shri Ninong Ering& Shri Kaling Moyong, officials from the District Administration of Arunachal Pradesh and other dignitaries were present. The new railway line o­nce completed will benefit Arunachal Pradesh economically. A souvenir booklet containing information about various initiatives being taken by N.F. Railway for preservation of our environment was also released o­n the occasion.

In the special plantation drive conducted at the proposed railway station to be constructed near Pasighat, senior officials of the N. F. Railway (Open line and Construction Oganization) also participated. Similar initiatives of tree plantation drive were also undertaken in all the five divisions and at the N.F. Railway Central Hospital, Maligaon.

Indian Railways guided by a holistic vision of becoming an environment friendly, efficient, cost effective, punctual and a modern carrier of passengers as well as freight in order to serve the growing needs of New India; is working in mission mode to become the largest Green Railways in the world and is moving towards becoming a "net zero carbon emitter"by 2030.

N. F Railway has taken multi-pronged energy efficient measures to reduce carbon footprint and make our environment pollution free. N. F. Railway is putting heavy thrust to minimize dependence o­n fossil fuel, generating green energy by installing solar power plants and introducing electric traction. In a step forward to achieve the target of zero carbon emission, Roof-Top Solar power plants have been commissioned throughout the N. F. Railway generating 4358.233 Kilo Watt Peak (kwp) till March, 2022.

Use of LED luminaries, provision of bio-toilets in train coaches, effluent treatment plants, disposal of solid wastes, waste to energy plants, rain water harvesting, water re - cycling measures, introduction of Head o­n Generation (HOG) system, plastic bottle crusher machines at stations, Automatic Coach Washing Plants to avoid wastage of drinking water are several measures that have been taken by N. F. Railway.

Numerous other steps are also being undertaken to make the railway a sustainable mode of transportation by overall contribution towards a greener environment. Being a mass transporter, Railways is the most environmentally sustainable mode of transportation. The steps being taken to reduce railways’ carbon footprint shall result in maintaining this position in the future too.

(Sabyasachi De)

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