Hyderabad: In a bid to save water, the South Central railway zone has installed ‘Ulta Chaata’ or inverted umbrella canopies in the circulating area of the Guntakal railway station.
The installed canopies are intended to utilize the space and harness solar, renewable energy apart from several other applications such as mobile and laptop charging, seating arrangements etc, according to a release by the SCR zone.
The Guntakal station in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is part of the Guntakal railway division of the SCR zone. There are six ‘Ulta Chaatas’ with solar panels fitted on top that have been installed in the Guntakal railway station.
Each canopy can collect a maximum of 60,000 litres of annual rainwater collection. The water can be be diverted to the tank for properly conserving the water. The underground plumbing network of the canopy connects to the outlet which allows the groundwater recharge or storage in the existing tanks.
These canopies can withstand wind tolerance of 140 kmph and any excess energy can be plugged into the grid of the system.
The canopy includes solar modules, battery backup for the lighting and a mobile charger.
A seating arrangement can also be made under the umbrella for the convenience of passengers at the station.