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09-07-2024
Press Release: EASTERN RAILWAY COOLS DOWN HOWRAH STATION WITH GIANT HVLS FANS AMID SCORCHING 45°C TEMPERATURE

EASTERN RAILWAY COOLS DOWN HOWRAH STATION WITH GIANT HVLS FANS AMID SCORCHING 45°C TEMPERATURE

Kolkata, June 26, 2024  :

As temperatures soar to a scorching 45 degrees Celsius in Howrah, passengers and tourists at Howrah Station are finding relief from the heat, thanks to the recent installation of giant 24-foot High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans. These fans, commissioned by Eastern Railway, are designed to provide high volume air circulation across a wider area, significantly enhancing passenger comfort.

High Volume Low Speed (HVLS) fans are strategically engineered mechanical fans commonly used in both industrial and commercial settings. According to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), HVLS fans can prevent heat stress, increase comfort, and boost productivity for both workers and livestock.

Traditional small high-speed fans (with a sweep of 600 mm and 750 mm) can supply airflow to a limited region and remove heat from a designated area. For larger spaces, Railways have traditionally used multiple small high-speed fans to provide cooling. However, these fans often fail to cover the entire area adequately and result in excessive electricity usage, escalating operational costs, and creating an inefficient cooling system.

In the long term, HVLS technology reduces CO2 emissions and electricity usage. Besides being beneficial during hot summer days, HVLS fans can also be used in winter by reversing the operating sequence, which pulls warm air down from the ceiling to the floor, further reducing heating costs.

These innovative HVLS fans are both energy-efficient and cost-effective, making them ideal for large spaces while providing a quiet and comfortable environment. Hundreds of passengers can enjoy a breeze-like airflow, regardless of their location in the concourse.

"These fans ensure you get air wherever you are in the concourse. Earlier, there would be a scramble to stand or sit near a pillar with a fan," said Sourjo Dutta, Director of Six Turtle Private Limited and a frequent traveler to Asansol, Patna, and Ranchi. "The environment of Howrah Station should be befitting its iconic stature. Passenger amenities are a top priority," added Shri Sanjeev Kumar, the Divisional Railway Manager of the Howrah Division, who is spearheading the transformation of the station.

The installation of these HVLS fans has been well-received by passengers and various community segments. Nineteen fans have been installed at Howrah Station. Strategically engineered, these fans effectively cover a large area, a feat unachievable by multiple small high-speed fans or other conventional fans.

The Howrah Division of Eastern Railway remains committed to enhancing passenger comfort and providing a pleasant travel experience at Howrah Station.




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