All 18 Kalka-Shimla stations to be solar-powered; Nitish Sharma; The Tribune

India – Mountain Railways of India

AMBALA: All 18 railway stations on the world heritage Kalka-Shimla track will be equipped with solar lights by March 31 next year. The Ambala division has allotted the work to a Bikaner-based private company.

Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer (General) of Ambala Division Sunil Kumar told The Tribune, “A 3-kW plant will be set up at each station to generate power. Besides equipping the stations with solar power, all lights will be replaced with LED ones, reducing power consumption by 50 to 60 per cent.”

“About Rs 40 lakh to Rs 45 lakh will be spent on the solar system and LED lights. The cost is expected to be recovered in two-and-a-half years. The solar panels come with a warranty of nearly 25 years and there will a saving of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 20 lakh per annum,” he added.

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