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INDIAN RAILWAYS ORGANIZATION OF ALTERNATE FUEL (ROAF) SHUTS DOWN

INDIAN RAILWAYS ORGANIZATION OF ALTERNATE FUEL (ROAF) SHUTS DOWN

Context:

With effect from September 7, 2021, the Railway Ministry has closed down the Indian Railways Organization of Alternate Fuel (IROAF).

About the Order:

  • Indian Railways issued an order on September 7, 2021, to close the Indian Railways Organization of Alternate Fuel (IROAF).
  • The decision came almost a month after IROAF, a green fuel vertical of the Railways, invited bids for hydrogen fuel cell-based technology for trains.
  • Railways, however, said the decision to close another fuel unit would not affect ongoing projects or contracts in any way.

IROAF Work Given to Northern Railways:

  • The official order by the Ministry of Railways has mentioned that the work of IROAF will be transferred to the Northern Railways and the Railway Board.

About IROAF:

  • The Indian Railways Organization of Alternate Fuels (IROAF) was an enterprise founded specifically to promote green energy by introducing alternative energy, fuel-efficient technologies, and pollution control technologies throughout the Indian Railway network.
  • In the past, IROAF had experimented with bio-diesel, CNG-fuelled engines, etc.
  • The organization had also been working on the solar-powered trains as well as in tandem with the plans of the BJP government to reduce carbon emission through the adoption of renewable sources of energy by 2022.

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