Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-02 19:53 Mysuru: To reduce dependence on conventional forms of energy, the Mysuru division, South-Western Railway, is planning to install hybrid solar panels and generate electricity through wind power units at select stations, said Divisional Railway Manager Atul Gupta.To start with, the Mysuru divisional railway manager’s office will soon be equipped with solar panels which will reduce electricity expenses by Rs1 lakh per month.Six railway stations falling under the division will be fitted with solar power panels and wind power units, said Atul Gupta. “Birur, Chitradurga, Chikjajur, Arsikere, Chikmagalur and Mysuru railway station will have 15kw capacity wind and solar hybrid power. For DRM office building 50kw will be set up,” said Atul Gupta. “All these works are expected to be completed by the end of this year. The power generated will be used for station building including platforms, unreserved ticket counter and reservation counters and waiting rooms. Already renewable energy is also being used to power 94 level crossing gates across the division.” Unmanned level crossingsOut of the total 167 unmanned level crossings in the division, 130 of them would be eliminated, said Atul Gupta. The unmanned level crossing will be turned into RUB/ROB or converting them into manned gates, and they would completely eliminated in the division in another two years, he said.Special programmeAs per the directives of the Ministry of Railways, the Mysuru division conducted week-long programme ‘Rail Humsafar Saptaah’. The programme, which began on May 26, concluded on Wednesday.As part of the programme, special drives were held to maintain cleanliness in station premises, on trains. Officials also monitored punctuality of trains, quality of food and hygiene in catering units, intensified efforts to crackdown on ticket-less travel, and also interacted with rail-users to get a sense of their expectations on the quality of services rendered.