Friday, 11 July 2014

RAILWAY BUDGET 2014-15 - OPPORTUNITY FOR GREEN ENGINEERING ENTITIES: Railway Budget 2014-15 has laid emphasis on a number of green initiatives which also includes effective deployment of bio-toilets in more number of coaches (Chapter VII Cleanliness sub-para 5 of Budget Speech available at http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploads/directorate/finance_budget/2014-15_Final/English%20-%20Railway%20Budget%20Speech%202014-15.pdf). Perhaps this is the first time when importance of bio-toilets has found reflection in such a major scale. Do you know that these bio-toilets produce small amount of bio-methane which if purified and contained, can be used as an effective fuel? Read to know more http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/green-track. Readers interested in understanding the official environmental engineering involved in bio-toilets can further refer to http://www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in/works/uploads/File/Handbook%20on%20Testing%20Scheme%20for%20Biotoilet(1).pdf. Further, entities involved in manufacturing of bio-toilet components/providing green engineering consultancy services should keep a close watch for tender invitations by various coach factories operated by Indian Railways/PSUs. Major railways coach factories in India are (i) Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthalla, Punjab (http://www.rcf.indianrailways.gov.in/); (ii) Rail Coach Factory, Rae Berilli, Uttar Pradesh (http://www.rcfrbl.indianrailways.gov.in/); (iii) Integral Coach Factory, Chennai (http://www.icf.indianrailways.gov.in/); (iv) manufacturing facility operated by BEML Limited (http://www.bemlindia.com/product_rm.php). Should the entrepreneurs wish to remain updated about railway related tenders, they are advised to log-on to http://tenders.gov.in/ and click on the link "stay updated" for tender alerts. 

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