Indian Railways To Add Over 4 Lakh Seats Daily Via New Technology

New Delhi: More than 4 lakh additional berths will be available to passengers every day from October when the railways will upgrade to new technology- enabling it to generate power from engines, rather than power cars, for lighting and air-conditioning, senior officials said today.

At present, there are one or two power cars at the end of every train in every LHB rake where the electricity to be supplied to coaches is produced in a diesel generator, known as End on Generation (EOG), officials say.

The new technology, called “Head on Generation” (HOG), is used worldwide, by which power supply is tapped from overhead power lines and distributed to train coaches.

This is eco-friendly technology, with no air or noise pollution. It will reduce carbon emissions by 700 MT per year per train.

Officials say by October 2019, over 5,000 coaches of the Indian Railways will operate on the new technology. It will not only enable trains to shed their power cars and make way for more coaches but also save the national transporter more ₹6,000 crore in fuel bills annually, they say.

Another power car can be removed and replaced with an extra passenger coach without increasing the train length. Once all LHB coaches are on this system, we have calculated an increase of more than four lakh berths every day through this and thus additional revenue as well,” said a senior Railway official.

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