Inauguration of REMCL-PTC Control Center
In a bid to procure economical power in line with the budgetary announcement of Minister of Railways, Indian Railways(IR) through Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a JV of MoR and RITES Limited, has started drawing power as deemed distribution licensee at a lower tariff in the state of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and partly in Uttar Pradesh. Railways have further contracted 585 MW power in the states of Orissa, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan through Open bidding at a much lower tariff. Flow of power in these states is likely to commence shortly. This has already resulted into significant saving to Railways and will continue to result in further savings. To further improve upon scheduling of power being procured by IR as deemed distribution licensee, today a Centralized Control Room has been inaugurated by Sh. Ashwani Kumar Kapoor, Member Electrical, Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. This control room has been setup by REMCL. This move will make it possible to look into ways to further reduce the cost of power to Railways by leveraging part power through exchange. It will also allow scheduling of power close to its actual load requirements. Speaking on the occasion Sh. Kapoor said that these efforts will go in a long way to change the business as usual mode of availing power in Railways and in due course of time will lead to maximizing the benefits on power tariffs.