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.
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.”
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.