In an effort to ‘Go Green’, The Indian Railways has undertaken some major initiatives. Some of which are:
Tree plantation and track side boundary plantation to be increased in railway premises. As per reports, 1.25 crores saplings were planted during 2016-17, 88.96 lakh in 2017- 18 and 97.33 lakh during 2018-19 up to November 2018.
Water audits at major consumption centres as well as proliferation of water recycling plants and rain water harvesting systems have been undertaken for better water management.
Pace of installation of environment friendly biotoilets in passenger coaches has been increased. Nearly 163,000 bio-toilets have been installed in around 44,500 coaches.
Apart from all these steps, wind energy plants of 36.5 MW have been installed; Ministry has planned to set up 1000 Mega Watt (MW) solar power by 2020-21 which would help Railways to source about 10% of its electrical energy from renewable source; pace of electrification has been increased; all electrified railway stations and 99% of service buildings have been fitted with 100% LED luminaries.