In a groundbreaking stride toward sustainability and cost-efficiency, Pakistan Railways is embarking on a transformative journey by transitioning its entire power network, encompassing major railway stations, offices, workshops, and factories, to solar systems. This ambitious initiative not only underscores the commitment to environmental responsibility but is also anticipated to yield substantial financial benefits for the department.
According to a Ministry of Railways official, the initial phase of this solar transition is estimated to save an impressive Rs. 1.8 billion for the department. As the initiative gains momentum, subsequent phases will seamlessly integrate additional stations, offices, and facilities, further enhancing the economic viability of Pakistan Railways.
Efficient execution of this vision is facilitated through a strategic collaboration with the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK). Leveraging NESPAK’s expertise, this partnership aims to seamlessly integrate solar power across the extensive railway network, ensuring a smooth transition to sustainable energy sources.
The decision to embrace solar energy aligns with a broader objective—to alleviate the economic burden on Pakistan Railways. By harnessing the power of the sun, the department seeks to not only reduce operational costs but also make a significant impact on its overall financial health.
In tandem with the solar revolution, Pakistan Railways is embarking on another innovative venture. Plans are underway to lay fiber optics cables along the entire railway tracks across the country. This joint venture with private sector investors is expected not only to generate additional revenue but also to position Pakistan Railways as a pivotal player in the realm of digital connectivity.
With an extensive railway network spanning approximately 7,791 kilometers across the country, the decision to lay fiber optics cables presents a dual opportunity. It not only enhances the financial prospects of Pakistan Railways but also acts as a catalyst for attracting private-sector investments, further fostering economic growth.
Discussed during a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), this forward-thinking approach underscores Pakistan Railways’ commitment to identifying new revenue sources and ensuring a sustainable and vibrant future. As the tracks are set to be empowered by solar energy and digital connectivity, Pakistan Railways is paving the way for a brighter, more efficient, and economically robust future.