Remaining 13,675 km of Broad Gauge Rail Tracks of Indian Railways To Be Electrified by 2021-22

Remaining 13,675 km of Broad Gauge Rail Tracks of Indian Railways To Be Electrified by 2021-22

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Date of Post: 16 Sep, 2018

New Delhi: Remaining 13,675 km of the broad gauge rail tracks of Indian Railways will be electrified by 2021-22 at an estimated cost of Rs 12,134.5 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), on Wednesday, approved a proposal for electrification of the last leg of more than 13,000 route kilometres of rail tracks, comprising 108 sections.

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  • Currently, 46% of the railway routes are electrified, while the work on electrification on additional 20,000 km is on.
  • After the completion of electrification on 20,000 km of tracks, around 78% of the railway network would have been electrified.
  • The major trunk routes on the railway network have already been electrified and are operational.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 approved electrification will generate direct employment of around 20.4 crore man days during the period of construction.

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Narinder Sharma is a part of the content team of Rail Analysis India as a writer and marketing executive.
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