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Indian Railways hits 93.83% electrification of broad gauge tracks, ET Infra


New Delhi: Indian Railways, one of the world’s largest rail networks, is nearing the completion of a significant electrification project, with 93.83% of its Broad Gauge (BG) network now electrified, the ministry of railways said in a statement. This marks a substantial increase from just 21,801 kilometers electrified by 2014.

In 2023 alone, the state-run behemoth electrified 6,577 route kilometers, contributing to its goal of full electrification of its 65,556 route kilometer broad gauge network. “The electrification of broad gauge tracks is pivotal to our vision of an eco-friendly, faster, and more energy-efficient mode of transportation,” a senior railway official said.

This ambitious project is part of India’s broader commitment to sustainability and reducing dependence on imported crude oil, thereby saving foreign currency. It aligns with global environmental efforts and positions Indian Railways at the forefront of green transportation initiatives.

Electrification brings multiple benefits, including reduced operating costs, the ability to haul heavier freight and longer passenger trains due to the higher haulage capacity of electric locomotives, and increased sectional capacity by eliminating delays caused by traction change. These enhancements are expected to significantly increase throughput and efficiency in the network.

“Environmentally, this is a game-changer,” the official stated. “It’s not just about operational efficiency but also about reducing our carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment.”

The completion of the electrification project, when achieved, will mark a major milestone in Indian Railways’ transformation and is set to have a positive impact on the country’s transportation infrastructure and environmental sustainability goals.

  • Published On Jan 9, 2024 at 01:24 PM IST

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