The first green railway station at Manwal on the Jammu-Udhampur rail route was officially inaugurated. The station will generate onsite renewable energy through solar panels. Its station lighting and fans are already working on solar power. For this, 28 solar panels (each 12V, 70W) have been used in two groups of 14 panels each to provide uninterrupted power supply. According to a railway official, “The electricity load of the station building has been segregated into two portions.
Each portion is fed by one group of solar panels. Most of the work has been handled by the Railways. The solar panels were from the Kapurthala rail coach factory; all the wiring, installation and commissioning has been done by the Railways, though the solar charge controllers have been purchased from the market.”