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Rlys eyes more use for alternative energy

Rlys eyes more use for alternative energy

The Railway Ministry has asked its officials to consider the potential of accessing subsidy schemes and fiscal incentives offered under the wind power programme as well as the National Solar Mission for use of renewable energy in the sector.

Ministry sources in the know told Business Line that, “The Railways can look at projects of harnessing solar or wind energy for feeding emergency lighting load and electrification of level-crossing gates in this backdrop.”

The Railways commissioned windmills at Kasturirangapuram and Urumangalam village, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, on March 30, 2009, to generate 10.5 MW. The windmill farm was set up at a cost of Rs 66.05 crore.


By drawing 16.3 million unit of energy over a seven-month period from the windmills commissioned in Tirunelveli for the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) at Perambur, Chennai, the Railways says it saved Rs 5 crore.

The Railways has provided solar-based water heating systems of different capacities for some training institutes, running rooms and rest houses. It has completed electrification of more than 1,200 manned level crossings with solar-based lighting system.

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Mr Farooq Abdullah, has written to the Railway Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, saying that alternative sources of energy should be promoted.

The Minister’s letter was based on the observations made by a consultant appointed by his Ministry to study the areas where renewable energy can be used for railway applications.

“Railway establishments are vast. The alternative sources of energy can be used at stations, staff quarters as well as for catering activities,” sources said.

Incentives package

The Ministry for New and Renewable Energy has introduced generation-based incentive for wind power projects with a capacity addition target of 4,000 MW during the Eleventh Plan period. The National Solar Mission has also been launched.

“Investments in renewable power projects are made mainly by private developers to whom the project sites are allotted by State governments. The Centre facilitatES the setting up of such projects through generation-based incentives apart from applicable fiscal incentives. In addition, attractive tariff regimes are being offered by state utilities,” official sources said.

A package of fiscal and financial incentives is available under the wind power programme which includes concessions such as 80 per cent accelerated depreciation, concessional Customs duty on specified items, excise duty exemption, sales tax exemption, and income-tax exemption for 10 years, among others.

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) provides loan for setting up wind power projects.

A potential for wind power generation of around 48,000 MW has been estimated in the country, in areas having minimum wind power density of 200 watts per sq. metre and assuming land availability of one per cent in such areas. The potential for solar energy is estimated for most parts of the country at around 20 MW per sq. km of open, shadow free area covered with solar collectors.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

NRMU 4 you

6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.