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New Delhi, April 5, 2017: The Indian Railways could meet up to 25 per cent of its energy demand from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, said a study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) on Wednesday.

According to the study released here by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, the railways would achieve the target of 5GW of solar power by 2025.

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“Indian Railways would need an investment of $3.6 billion to meet the 5GW target,” said the study titled ‘Decarbonising the Indian Railways: Scaling Ambitions, Understanding Ground Realities’.

Of the total 5 GW solar power, about 1.1 GW would come from rooftop solar power plants.

“We want Indian Railways to become a green engine of growth… We have set up a target of electrifying the entire network of Indian Railways in next ten years with at least 90 per cent of track electrification in next five years,” Prabhu said.

The Railway Minsiter said that the ministry is looking to add 1,000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind energy, of which 36 MW has already been commissioned.

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“Railways have come out with a commendable plan called Mission 41K where they are looking at a saving of INR 41,000 crore through the electrification of railway lines,” said Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal, who also holds the Coal, New and Renewable Energy, and Mines portfolio.

The minister said that the Railways’ decision to domestically source the equipment will largely benefit the domestic industry.

“I am glad that Indian Railways have joined the energy efficiency programme and have tied up with Energy Efficiency Service Ltd (EESL) to have 100 per cent LED lights. Today we are supplying power at reduced rate of 60 to 70 per cent than what it was three years ago even at peak demand,” Goyal said.

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EESL is the organisation responsible for implementing the Modi government’s ambitious LED light scheme.

The Indian Railways announced their 1GW solar target in 2015 and had achieved about 37MW of wind and 16MW of solar power across railway operations until March 2017. (IANS)

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The Families Of Victims In Railway Accident Incident In India Stage Protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

‘No lapse on our part’

The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

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A man mourns next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people, at a cremation site in Amritsar, India. VOA

“Railways cannot be blamed. Railways were not informed about the ceremony,” Manoj Sinha told reporters Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Sinha ruled out any punitive action against his staff, saying, “There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.”

Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.

‘Heart-wrenching’

Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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India’s railway network remains the main form of travel in the vast country, where railway accidents are relatively common.

Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)