CST railway station to operate on solar soon
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) could soon become the first railway station to operate on solar energy. Central Railway (CR) authorities have begun the basic work of installing iron pillars to build the skeleton for these solar panel frames, which would generate 100 kilowatt (kw) electricity. Sources said this electricity can be used to power not only two of their office buildings, but also lights, fans and other machinery inside food stalls at the station.
These metal frames are being installed on top to two different buildings at CST. The first one is a 7-storey railway building, which houses several offices, including the various departments of CR, IRCTC, Dedicated Freight Corridor, Container Corporation and other government offices. This building is on the west side of CST and adjacent to platform 1, from which Harbour line trains operate.
“Each of these buildings will have 50 kw of solar panels fitted on the rooftop,” said Narendra Patil, Chief PRO, Central Railway.