Environmental Initiatives

Indian Railways has created a new Directorate of Environment and a Directorate for House-keeping to further its initiatives towards betterment of environment.

  • Visible improvement in cleanliness at stations as part of Swachh Bharat.
  • 10,500 bio-toilets have been fitted in 3,240 coaches; 32.4 per cent more than corresponding period of last year.
  • First ever in the world, bio-cum-vacuum toilet system introduced on Dibrugarh Rajdhani for trial.
  • 1,000 MW solar power plants being set up over the next five years; 10.5 MW already set up; in 2015-16, additional 6.5 MW will be set up; PPP model finalised.
  • 10.5 MW wind mills are already working; 25 MW commissioned in November.
  • 3-phase EMU with regenerative braking introduced in Mumbai Suburban service.
  • Saving of `200 crore in the financial year through direct bilateral purchase of power.
  • Dual fuel CNG DEMU trains introduced.
  • Action plan on Environmental Accreditation, Water Management and Waste-to-energy conversion formulated.
  • Eol issued on 05.08.15 for disposal of MSW in an environment-friendly manner by setting up pilot plants on waste-to-energy.
  • Three PUs and one workshop directed to take up work for accreditation on Energy Management System ISO-50001, on pilot basis.
  • All major production units including ICF, DLW, CLW, DMW, RCF and RWF made compliant to integrated safety and environment standards with introduction of rain harvesting, effluent treatment plants.
  • Hotel load converters being tried on electric locomotives.
  • Zero human waste discharge status on certain green corridors: Okha-Kanalas junction, Rameshwaram Manamadurai, Porbandar-Wansjaliya and Jammu-Katra.
  • Huge environmental saving effected by a new zone – wise budget document resulting in reduction in number of copies printed: saving of about 1.3 million sheets of paper.
  • Provision of solar panels on 50 coaches on trial to harness solar energy.
  • Sanction for water recycling plants at 10 major depots and 32 major stations has been provided. Water recycling plants established in two coaching depots.


  1. 10,500 Bio-toilets fitted in rail coaches
  2. 50 Coaches on trial to harness solar energy through solar panels
  3. 200 crore Saving through direct bilateral purchase of power
  4. 25 MW Wind mills commissioned in November
  5. 5% Blending introduced in bio-diesel


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