Delhi Metro going green
Delhi Metro running high on solar power and less heavy on commuters pocket.
The recent power tariff in the New Delhi has considerably increased operational costs for Delhi Metro, as the corporation's power bill
is estimated to go up by over Rs 10 crore annually.
But commuters needn't worry as this does not imply an increase in fares. This, as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is now turning to alternative sources of power generation — like solar panels — to meet its demand.
"The solar panels will provide enough energy to light up nine light poles at Patel Chowk station and another eight poles at Tagore Garden. The lights are all being changed to energy efficient lamps. The project, which is coming up at a cost of about Rs six lakh will result in saving 7,446 KWH of power annually,"
said Anuj Dayal, DMRC's chief spokesperson.
Work on the project has already begun and the scheme will be implemented at other Metro stations as well after they are functional at these two stations.
Apart from this, all normal lights and tubes at all Metro stations are being replaced with CFLs. The lighting arrangements at stations are also being modified to suit the needs of commuters as more lighting is being provided in areas frequented by people. For instance, only 30% of lights will be switched on in non-train areas of the platform.
- Times of India