The South Central Railway bagged two all-India level National Energy Conservation Awards-2013, instituted by the Union ministry of power.
The first prize was for Guntakal Pumping Station in general category sector and Certificate of Merit for Divisional Railway Manager’s office, Vijayawada in office buildings sector during National Energy Conservation Awards-2013 in recognition of its achievements in the area of energy conservation, a SCR release said here on Tuesday.
President Pranab Mukherjee presented these awards to SCR general manager PK Srivastava at a ceremony held in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Guntakal pumping station has reduced energy consumption by 17.2 percent (from 12.7 lakh units to 10.5 lakh units) as compared to last year. The reduction has been possible by identification of inefficient pumps, over rated pumps and replacing the same with star rated energy efficient pumps along with provision of timers and Automatic Power Factor Conversion (APFC) panels etc.
DRM’s office in Vijayawada has reduced energy consumption in 2012-13 by 21.5 percent (from 12 lakh units to 9.5 lakh units) as compared to last year. This has been possible due to provision of T-5 fittings, star rated fans and AC units, solar light pipe system, solar street lights, occupancy sensors etc. SCR had consistently been receiving the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) awards at the national-level in the recent years.
Drive to Check Trespassing on Railway Tracks
The SCR has launched a drive to curb trespassing of railway tracks particularly on MMTS sections in the twin cities. An awareness campaign has also been taken up to educate the public on the risks of trespassing and the punishment it entails. During a special drive conducted by the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Secunderabad division in MMTS section on Tuesday against trespassing, 137 persons were apprehended under Section 147 of Railways Act, 1989 (Trespass and refusal to desist from trespass). Ten persons were booked under Section 155 Railways Act (entering into compartment reserved or resisting entry into a compartment not reserved). Anyone found trespassing the railway track will be liable for prosecution under Section 147 of the Railways Act, 1989, which entails punishment with imprisonment for six months or with fine of up to `1,000 or both.
HS Nanded-Bikaner Special Trains
SCR will run two special trains between HS Nanded and Bikaner to clear extra rush of passengers. HS Nanded-Bikaner special train will depart from Nanded at 08.00 hrs on December 24 and arrive in Bikaner at 23.45 hrs on the next day. In the return direction, it will depart from Bikaner at 20.40 hrs on December 26 and arrive in HS Nanded at 12.45 hrs the second day.