Railway ministry has drawn up a mission to save Rs 41,000 crore on electricity energy bills over the next ten years by betting big on solar energy, even as it expects to eliminate Rs 17,000 crore through non-fare revenue modes. The railway minister, Suresh Prabhu said these while addressing a gathering after commissioning various rail infra developmental works on South Central Railway (SCR) from Hi-Tech city railway station, in New Delhi. Mr. Prabhu said after taking over as Railway minister he had stressed that expenses on energy should come down by 15% and they are working on the same. One of the strategies is to go for solar power and generate 1000 MW of solar power in the next five years. In addition, railways have already started production of 26 MW in wind energy. The ministry is also working on converting waste to energy and commissioned two such projects. The railways plans to produce 500 MW by installing solar panels on rooftops of railway buildings and another 500 MW through land based. Mr. Prabhu said he has already directed railway officials across the country to restore water bodies on railway lands as ground water is depleting. This will not only help in saving money for railways but will also ensure proper supply of water and benefit everybody, he said.
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