Date of Post: 22 Oct, 2018
New Delhi: A Rs 35,000 crore plan has been drawn up for electrification of all Indian Railways lines across the country, Member (Traction) Railway Board Ghanshyam Singh said. Electric energy was cheaper and Railways made a saving of Rs 13,500 crore per annum by using it instead of diesel on several routes, Singh said.
- It was the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to carry out electrification of entire Indian Railways through indigenous sources, he said.
- After inspecting the cantilever Pamban bridge, Singh said,”We plan to electrify the Rameswaram-Madurai section. The cost of electrification of the 161-km stretch will be around Rs 158 crore.”
- It had been decided to build a new cantilever bridge with electric traction but as it would take a long time, Railways would first go for electrification of the existing bridge, he also said.
- Further elaborating about financial significance of this mission, he informed that it would save thousands of crores every year for the Indian Railways.
- “We expect that after complete electrification of the Indian Railways, there would be a saving of approximately Rs 13,500 crores per annum under present level of traffic,” Singh added.
- On September 12, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved the proposal for electrification of balance unelectrified broad gauge of the Indian Railways comprising of 108 sections covering 13,675 route kilometres at a cost of Rs 12,134.50 crore.
- This electrification is likely to be completed by 2021-22.
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