BENGALURU: The Railways is planning to run all trains attached to South Western Railway on diesel blended with biofuel within the next 3-4 months.
Briefing the media after flagging off the first train in Bengaluru division to run partly on biofuel, the Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express, P A Lamghare, Chief Mechanical Engineer, SWR, said on Monday, “The annual expense presently incurred by the division for high-speed diesel comes to Rs 1,300 crore. So replacing 5 per cent of the fuel with biodiesel will be a move both eco-friendly and cost-effective.”
Biodiesel costs only Rs 44 a litre while diesel works out to Rs 47 a litre, he said.
On whether the proportion of biodiesel being blended with diesel would increase, Lamghare said, “Definitely. We are looking at bringing it up to 10 per cent in future.”
Earlier in the day, the underground tank constructed near platform 10 to house the biofuel was also inaugurated.
Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru, Sanjiv Agarwal said tanks to store biofuel would be set up at the Satellite Goods Terminals in Whitefield, Yeshwantpur and KR Puram stations shortly.
Indian Oil Corporation GM S Varadarachari said it would take them just two months to put in place the infrastructure to run trains on biofuel.