Udaipur : Two railway stations in Udaipur city have become more passenger and eco-friendly with the launching of various amenities including Passenger Operated Enquiry Terminals (POET), Solar plant, Current Berth Availability Display System etc. The facilities were inaugurated in a ceremony at the City Station here on Tuesday in the presence of Mayor Chandra Singh Kothari, Anil Singhal, General Manager of North Western Railway and Puneet Chawla, the Divisional Railway Manager, Ajmer . On the occasion, a statue of Maharana Pratap too was unveiled at the city station. The 6 feet tall statue which weighs 220 kilograms has been provided by Maharana Pratap Museum, Haldighati.
Four POET machines have been placed at the city stations where passengers can get details of PNR status, Tatkal and train accommodation, fair details, coach positions etc. Another amenity added is the current berth availability system in which the status of vacant seats is displayed after the chart is prepared by the system. This can be known to the passenger for the seats available for up to 30 minutes before the train arrives at the station. Thereby, the passenger can make a reservation in the desired category according to their convenience. Television sets have been installed at reservation counters to display the system.
Solar plant– The solar plant has been installed at the Rana Pratap station incurring a cost of 50.50 Lakh rupees. “ The project is funded by Indian Railway Finance Corporation and through this plant, approx. 101500 units per year will be generated which is estimated to reduce the electricity bill by Rs. 7.10 lacs per annum. It will also help in reducing the division’s carbon footprint by 92.60 ton/year” Chawla informed. Recently, total 210 kWp capacity Solar power plant have been commissioned at railway stations in Rani, Falna, Marwar Junction under the CSR initiative.