By 2030, India may become home to the world’s first green railway and we couldn’t be more excited about this planet-friendly move! Here’s all that we know. By Amitha Ameen

 

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If everything goes according to the plan, we may soon have the world’s first green railways by 2030. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a plan for 100 per cent electrification of Indian Railways.

“We’ll be the largest railways in the world to be 100 per cent electrified with 120,000 track km across India. By 2030, we also hope to be the world’s first 100 per cent green railways with net-zero emissions,” announced Goyal at the India Global Week 2020, a virtual conference held in the United Kingdom where PM Modi presented the inaugural address (as reported by Hindustan Times).

 

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The minister further added that this was just the first step in moving towards a more planet-friendly means. Other measures that will be adopted to ensure net-zero carbon emissions would include acquiring green certifications, bio-toilets, improving energy efficiency, switching to more renewable energy sources, etc.

The railways had already commissioned solar panels atop various building roofs and stations. Electrification of more than 40,000 route kilometre (RKM) had also been completed and the establishment plans to electrify all routes on Broad Gauge (BG) network by 2023.

 

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During COVID-19, connectivity work spreading over 365 kilometres have also been commissioned along with focussing on electrification of the last mile-connectivity and fixing missing links. Let us hope that this is the first of many earth-friendly initiatives that our country takes to build a more sustainable future.

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