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Yadgir railway station plays it cool

The High Pressure Misting System (HPMS) installed in Yadgir railway station.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

The High Pressure Misting System (HPMS) installed in Yadgir railway station.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni  

Visitors to the Yadgir railway station on the Mumbai-Chennai main trunk line were in for a pleasant surprise, with a cool breeze sweeping the station while day temperatures outside touched more than 37 degrees celsius.

Thanks to an initiative taken by the former Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge to sanction two High Pressure Misting System (HPMS) for Yadgir and Raichur , the temperatures inside the station is always five degree Celsius less than the outside temperature.

With temperatures on the rise due to scanty rain, the South Central Railways has decided to operate the HPMS continuously to keep temperatures inside at comfortable levels.

The HPMS was installed in May this year and the system on platform 1 operated during May and June. It was stopped for a brief while in July after rain.

Initially the authorities had decided to operate the system twice during the afternoon at 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. every day when the trains from Chennai and Mumbai arrived at the station. However, due to the demands from the general public to operate the system continuously due to prevailing weather conditions, the railway authorities decided to operate it continuously.

“Railways spent around Rs 7.50 lakh to install the system,” Shakeel Ahmed, Public Relation Officer, South Central Railway has told The Hindu .

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