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.
- 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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