The Alipurduar Division of the Northeast Frontier Railways has issued a tender for the installation of grid-connected rooftop solar projects at eight railway stations in the region. The cumulative capacity of the projects is 151 kW. In West Bengal, the rooftop systems will be installed at Alipurduar Junction (60 kW), Alipurduar Power House (6 kW), Golokganj Railway Station (10 kW), Kalchini Railway Station (10kW), and Dalgaoun Railway Station (10 kW). In the state of Assam, the proposed rooftop solar projects are for Kokrajhar, Dhubri, and Salakati Railway Stations with capacities of 25 kW, 10 kW, and 10 kW, respectively.For Gularbhoj Railway Station in Uttarkhand, the capacity will be 10 kW.
The description of work includes the supply, fitting, installation, and commissioning of these individual projects. As per the tender document, the successful bidder must have completed similar nature of work in the past, and the average turnover of the bidder should be at least Rs 5 billion in the last three financial years (excluding the current financial year). The prospective bidders need to pay an amount of Rs 159,400 as the earnest money deposit. The last date for the submission of bids is May 27, 2020.
The Indian Railways is the single largest consumer of electricity, with about a 2 per cent share of the national energy consumption. In April 2020, RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company that specializes in transport infrastructure, had floated a tender for setting up 1 GW of land-based solar photovoltaic power projects on various zonal railways land across India. Up till November 2019, the Ministry of Railways had installed 95.67 MW of rooftop solar systems, and the ministry had awarded nearly 248.46 MW of solar capacity.