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.
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.