Date of Post: 13 Sep, 2018
New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved a proposal for electrification of the last leg of more than 13,000 route kilometres of railway tracks on Wednesday, a statement from the ministry said. The remaining un-electrified broad gauge routes comprising 108 sections, covering 13,675 route kilometers at a cost of Rs 12,134.5 crore, has been approved.
- The electrification is likely to be completed by 2021-22.
- The major trunk routes on the railway network have already been electrified and are operational.
- It said,”Considering the requirement for seamless operation of rail traffic across the network, it is necessary that the bottlenecks created by the need to change traction are done away with.”
- The statement said,”The proposed electrification, which is mainly for missing links and last mile connectivity, will increase the operational efficiency, enhance line capacity and improve the average speed of trains.”
- It said, after the planned electrification, there would be an estimated reduction in the consumption of high-speed diesel oil by about 2.83 billion litres per annum and a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- Currently, about two-thirds of freight and more than half of passenger traffic in Indian Railways move on electric traction.
- However, electric traction accounts for just 37% of the total energy expenses of the Indian Railways.
- The statement said, due to this advantage, post-electrification, railways is likely to save Rs 13,510 crore per annum in fuel bill and the same will improve its finances.
- The ministry added, the approved electrification will generate direct employment of around 20.4 crore man days during the period of construction.
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