PIB News Update: Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal has informed that at this stage, Indian Railways proposes to harness 500 Mega Watt (MW) land based solar power for Traction purpose. Out of which two pilot projects of 2 MW & 1.7 MW at Diwana (Haryana) & Bina (Madhya Pradesh) are likely to be completed by June’ 2020. 50 MW solar power at Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) is likely to be completed by March’ 2021. Another project of 400 MW solar power through Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) is under bidding process.
Further, proliferation of solar power plants on vacant Railway land based on feasibility has also been taken up.