Indian Railways To Switch On Electric Locomotives From Diesel Locomotives In The Next Five Years To Save Rs 11,500 Crore Annually

Indian Railways To Switch On Electric Locomotives From Diesel Locomotives In The Next Five Years To Save Rs 11,500 Crore Annually

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Date Of Post: 22 Nov, 2017

New Delhi: The Indian Railways will completely phase out diesel locomotives in the next five years and will switch to electric locomotives with the focus on increasing speed, Coal & Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said, on Tuesday. “We have planned to switch all trains to be electric-driven in the next five years,” Goyal said, addressing the National Executive Council members of FICCI.

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Phasing Out Of Diesel Locomotives

  • By phasing out diesel locomotives, the Railways will save around Rs 11,500 crore annually, he said.
  • “The diesel locomotives will be used for backup purposes in the yards.”

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LHB Coaches In Trains

  • Also, stressing on the safety of passengers, the Railways Minister said that he has directed the railway officials to speed up the production of the Linke-Hofmann-Busch (LHB) coaches instead of relying on the Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) coaches.
  • He said,“We are promoting LHB type coaches as they are more safer as compared to the ICF coaches.”
  • June 2018 will be the last month for the ICF coaches to be manufactured, he added.

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