View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
December 4, 2019

Indian Ministry of Railways partners with UK for energy sustainability

The Indian Ministry of Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK.

The Indian Ministry of Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK.

DFID and the ministry will work together to achieve energy efficiency and self-sufficiency for Indian Railways.

The ministry aims to lower its carbon footprint. Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the complete electrification of the rail network to meet this objective.

The MoU covers energy planning according to governmental policies, which include moving towards 100% greener electricity sources. It also aims to promote energy-efficient practises, fuel efficiency and other sustainable energy initiatives.

Both organisations will look into the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and battery-powered shunting locomotives. The MoU also covers training programmes and industrial visits.

In a press release, the ministry said: “The collaboration of Indian Railways with DFID, United Kingdom will go a long way in ensuring self-sufficiency and efficiency in terms of energy and greener Indian Railways.”

Last month, the ministry released three online applications to improve project monitoring and IT-enabled services throughout the country.

In September, the ministry decided to adopt Head on Generation (HOG) technology on all Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches to reduce power costs.

In July, Indian Railways sought government approval to build three dedicated freight corridor networks with a total investment of Rs3tn ($43.53bn).

Indian Railways received an allocation of Rs658.37bn ($9.62bn) in the union budget this fiscal year compared to Rs550.88bn ($8.05bn) last year. This budgetary allocation will be used for the construction of new lines, gauge conversion and track doubling.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The railway industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU

Thank you for subscribing to Railway Technology