According to the statement by the Power Minister last year, it had mentioned that India will be the first country to use LEDs for all lighting needs by 2019. Under the same LED movement, a new initiative has been already making progress.
According to the DNA Mumbai, The Western Railway (WR) authorities have initiated the process of installing 23,200 LEDs in their fleet of 102 rakes running on the suburban section. The LED tube light is known to be advantageous because it gives a daytime-like vision even during the night. It is safer as well compared to the other contemporary lighting because of an absence of mercury.
Commenting on the initiative, Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway, said, “We have begun work and already replaced regular lights with LED ones in 23 rakes. By December this year, all the rakes shall have LEDs. This will be at a cost of Rs 1.20 crore.”
The LED is best known for its low consumption of electricity which is why the authorities believe that these LED tube lights will also help save approximately Rs 91,000 per rake annually, saving around 16,500 units per year as LEDs have a longer life compared to regular tube lights. On March 26, the WR authorities began the work of installing LEDs in coaches of local trains.
This comes after lighting fixtures at all railway stations were replaced with LEDs. The Railways have installed LEDs on 726 stations on the entire WR that is set to result in savings of Rs 5 crore and 6.83 million units of electricity every year.