Monday, 10 April 2017

Railways to electrify 4000 km Route in Current Fiscal Deficit

The Indian Railways has said that it has stepped up efforts to electrify 4000 km route in the current fiscal, a big jump from the last year's target of 2000 km. 

As per reports, the pace of electrification has gained traction as the railways has rolled an action plan to drastically decrease the use of diesel in order to reduce energy cost and greenhouse gas emission. Currently, only 42 per cent of total track network is electrified, rest section is operating on fossil fuel.

Commenting on the issue, a senior Railway Official told the media, “The pace of electrification has been increased from present average of 1700 km route per annum to 4000 km in 2017-18.” 

“According to the action plan, about 22,000 km route has to be electrified by 2021. Further, to expedite electrification of railway lines in the country, various steps have been taken, which include award of turn-key contracts and better project monitoring mechanism,” he added.

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