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Railways plans to make all stations 100% LED lit by March-end

The railways said it was actively working to provide 100 per cent LED lighting for energy needs in railway staff colonies, stations and platforms

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indian Railways, trains

In an eco-friendly measure to cut power consumption, the Indian on said it planned to make all stations cent per cent LED lit by March 31, 2018.

The said it was actively working to provide 100 per cent LED lighting for needs in railway staff colonies, stations and platforms.

"has decided to make all railway stations 100 per cent LED lit by the end of current financial year by March 31, 2018. It is a huge initiative to provide efficient lighting which will eventually greatly help in the conservation of environment as well," it said in a statement.

LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are more efficient and have a longer lifespan than traditional lamps.

Till November 2017, about 3,500 railway stations had already been provided with cent per cent LED lights. About 20 lakh such lights were installed.

The initiative will reduce consumption by about 10 per cent of the total energy being utilised for its non-traction uses, conserving about 240 million units of electricity, which will save the Railways about Rs 180 crore annually, it said.

The Railways has also issued directives to to provide fittings to residential quarters.

had distributed about 20 lakh LED lights to railway staff till October, 2017, under the government's Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) Scheme.

The national transporter also aims at providing these lights on all coaches/EMUs. Already, the lights in 1300 non-AC second-class and 3-tier sleeper coaches have been fully converted to LED.

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First Published: Tue, December 19 2017. 22:15 IST