Central Railway Collaborates with UNEP & Tata Power to Launch Electric Vehicle Charging Points at Mumbai’s Railway Stations
New Delhi/Mumbai/Pune, 9th February 2021: Central Railway, Mumbai, in association with
the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Tata Power have announced the launch of their
novel green initiative for promoting e-mobility in Mumbai. As a part of this initiative, charging
points for electrical vehicles will be made available at all important railway stations in the island city, the suburbs, and the adjoining Mumbai Metropolitan Region.The charging points will cover a wide geographical area and offer a seamless experience for EV owners to charge their vehicles through a pay-per-use model. The collaborative venture aims to boost the overall e-mobility sector and encourage green mobility around railway stations, which are transport modal hubs. In the first phase, key railway stations have been lined up including CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), Thane, Dadar, Parel, and Byculla for which work orders have already been floated. The second phase will cover the next set of stations including Kurla LTT (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus), Bhandup, Panvel, and Kurla. Areas at the entry-exit points of railway stations which have parking facility have been earmarked for the charging stations as per the availability. Recent transport department statistics show that in the state of Maharashtra, electrical cars and scooters registration rose from 1,459 in 2017-18 to 7,400 in 2019-20, very healthy growth of 405 percent. In Mumbai, the figure jumped from 46 to 672, a staggering 1,360 percent. The timing of this initiative to boost e-mobility could not be better! Robin Kalia, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager of the Central Railway of Mumbai, said, “An EV charging station has been installed at Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CMT) in partnership with TATA Power and UNEP. We plan to extrapolate this model for installing EV charging stations at all major Railway Stations under the Mumbai division. This endeavor owes its successful implementation to the strategic leadership of Shri Shalabh Goel, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mumbai, and the technical support provided by the Electrical The engineering team led by Shri H. S. Sood, Sr. Divisional Electrical Engineer, Mumbai.” “A transition to e-mobility is one of the best solutions for combatting the challenges of air pollution and the climate crises with electrification being a flexible, energy-efficient, and sustainable way to decarbonize the economy,” said Atul Bagai, Head of UNEP’s India Office. “India is taking a step in the right direction towards achieving a cleaner transport sector through this tri-party initiative. We are proud to be working closely with Central Railway and
Tata Power to leverage cleaner energy sources and nudge India towards adopting them more widely.”
Commenting on this partnership, Dr.Praveer Sinha, CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power,
said, “We are extremely glad to collaborate with the UNEP and Central Railway for our clean mobility initiatives. This partnership is important for us as it will demonstrate our commitment to provide greener and cleaner e-mobility solutions to consumers in the Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra.”The expansion of charging points will augment Tata Power’s network of 300 already in place in 40 different cities. E-mobility is important for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Today, transport contributes to approximately one-quarter of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and is set to reach one-third, growing faster than any other sector. In India, the transport sector accounts for 18% of total energy consumption and contributes an
estimated 142 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, out of which 123 million tonnes are contributed by the road transport segment alone 1.
About Central Railway:
Mumbai Division of Central Railway falls in the jurisdiction of Maharashtra State, serving civil Districts of Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Pune, and Nasik. The Division serves the commercial, financial and industrial capital of the country. The suburban system of Mumbai is considered the lifeline of the city,
carrying more than 4 million passengers daily, running more than 1700 services daily making it one of the densest suburban sections of the world It spans 576.15 route km having 107 stations in total comprising 80 suburban stations.
Mumbai Division is also running the Narrow gauge trains between Neral and Matheran Hill station, also known as Matheran Light Railway, since 1907 which is a very popular tourist attraction. In the COVID-19 pandemic Mumbai division tirelessly facilitated the transportation of more than 6 lakh migrants by running more than 400 specials for 19 states thereby addressing the needs of the country in every possible situation.
About the UN Environment Programme:
UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UN Environment works with governments, the private sector, civil society, and other UN entities and international organizations across the world.
About Tata Power:
Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries & jointly controlled entities has an installed/managed capacity of 12,772 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain – generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy, transmission & distribution, trading, and coal & freight logistics. With nearly 2.6GW of renewable energy assets in solar and wind accounting for 30% of the company's portfolio, Tata Power is a leader in clean energy generation.