Govt approves 100% electrification of railways by 2021-22

The Union cabinet approved a proposal for the complete electrification of Indian Railways in the next four years, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier. The move will cost the government ₹12,134 crore. Indian Railways had moved the cabinet to electrify 108 sections of the railways covering 13,675 route kilometers of tracks. The government backed the proposal saying it will help the carrier save ₹13,510 crore per annum in fuel costs. Besides, complete electrification of broad gauge routes will have a significant impact on safety, capacity, and speed. Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world with 67,368km of tracks and 22,550 trains that carry 22.24 million passengers and 3.04 million tonnes of freight every day. The electric traction accounts for just 37% of the total energy expenses of Indian Railways.

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  • The Union cabinet approved a proposal for the complete electrification of Indian Railways in the next four years, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier.
  • The move will cost the government ₹12,134 crore. Indian Railways had moved the cabinet to electrify 108 sections of the railways covering 13,675 route kilometers of tracks.
  • The government backed the proposal saying it will help the carrier save ₹13,510 crore per annum in fuel costs. Besides, complete electrification of broad gauge routes will have a significant impact on safety, capacity, and speed.
  • The electric traction accounts for just 37% of the total energy expenses of Indian Railways.

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