81% electrification of country’s broad-gauge railway network complete: Ashwini Vaishnaw

The broad gauge network will reduce the dependence and usage of fossil fuels ultimately saving millions of dollars annually.

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw on July 18 informed that the Indian Railways whose aim is to electrify the entire network by 2023-24 has now successfully completed the electrification of 81% of its railway tracks. The broad gauge network will reduce the dependence and usage of fossil fuels ultimately saving millions of dollars annually.

The electrification works which were completed recently include the electrification of Konkan Railway’s entire 741-km route between Thokur and Rora in Karnataka. Whereas South Central Railway recently announced the complete electrification of various railway lines in Andhra Pradesh. South Central Railway recently also announced that it would be launching an electric rail route between Washim and Hingoli city.

The Indian Railways has successfully completed the electrification of 6,015 km of railway track in 2020-21 even after the challenges that surfaced after the pandemic.

To make the railway network fully equipped with modern technology, the Indian Railways recently decided to only use 2 KV traction systems for the electrification of the entire network which is commonly used in countries like China, France, and Japan to operate high-speed trains.

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