JAIPUR: Garbage dumped in and around the Jaipur railway station premises would help cook food and run trains in the near future.
Authorities of the North Western Railways (NWR) are coming up with two waste plants not only for the disposal of solid bio-degradable waste but also for the disposal of plastic. It will also be used for energy generation. The officials said that both the plants would be operational at the Jaipur railway station within this financial year.
Officials of North Western Railways on Sunday said a plant for biodegradable waste would be set up near the Jaipur railway station. “This would have a capacity of converting 500 kg biodegradable waste into 22 kg LPG equivalent of bio-gas which would be utilized in cooking at the railway station,” said Tarun Jain, chief public relations officer, NWR.
The Jaipur railway station generates a substantial amount of solid waste by passengers, visitors, vendors and staff. The solid waste consists of bio-degradable as well as non-biodegradable material.
He said dustbins at various platforms of the Jaipur railway station have also been segregated.
Likewise, another plant to convert plastic waste into diesel would also be set up at the Jaipur railway station. “This would collect 2000 kg of plastic and will convert it into diesel. The diesel would be used to run locomotives,” Jain added.
Officials said that with the start of these two plants at the Jaipur railway station within this financial year 2015-16 the station would look clean. “I don’t think people would see garbage spilled on the tracks or any other place except the segregated dust bins,” said a senior officer.
Jaipur railway station will also have water recycling unit. “The unit will facilitate us to get 80 per cent of the water used for the cleaning of the wagons recycled. This is also going to save lot of water for the cleaning of the station and wagons,” the officer added.
Adding more to the energy conservation initiative, the officials are also working to set up a solar plant at the Jaipur railway station. “The solar plant would be able to give us power to fulfill the eight per cent needs of the electricity needed for the lights and fans at various platforms,” the officer added. By the end of March, 2016 Jaipur railway station would be enabled with wi-fi facility and would also have other amenities like an executive lounge.