In an eco-friendly measure to cut power consumption, the Indian Railways on Tuesday said it planned to make all stations fully LED by March 31, 2018. The railways said it was actively working to provide 100% LED lighting for energy needs in railway staff colonies, stations and platforms. “It is a huge initiative to provide energy efficient lighting which will greatly help in the conservation of environment as well,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement. LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than traditional lamps.

In November 2017, about 3,500 railway stations had already been provided with LED lights. About 20 lakh such lights were installed. The initiative will reduce consumption by about 10% of the total energy being utilized for its non-traction uses, conserving about 240 million units of electricity, which will save the Railways about Rs 180 crore annually. Already, the lights in 1300 non-AC second-class and 3-tier sleeper coaches have been fully converted to LED!

The news comes as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues his commitment to environmental improvement and creating sustainability measures for the country moving forward.