NEW DELHI: Indian Railways (IR) claims another milestone in its intensive drive to achieve complete electrification of its entire rail network. In the year 2020-21, as per Ministry of Railways, IR electrified a total route length of 6015 km which is now a record and it’s achieved despite the Covid-19 pandemic
The electrification in the year 2020-21 surpassed the previous best of 5,276 km achieved in 2018-19. As on 31st March 2021, a total of 45,881 km route i.e. 71% of the total broad gauge rail network in India has been electrified out of the 64,689 km (including Konkan Railway). IR plans to electrify the entire Indian Railway network by 2024.
From 2014-21, a record 24,080 km have been electrified in comparison to 4,337 km electrified from 2007-14 and is almost five times more electrification for the said period. Out of the total electrified route of 45,881 km till now, 34% of it is achieved in last 3 years.
Another achievement is the commissioning of 56 Traction Sub Stations (TSS) in comparison to the previous best of 42 TSS. In last seven years, a total of 201 TSS have been commissioned.
Some major sections electrified by the IR over the year are –
- Mumbai-Howrah via Jabalpur
- Gorakhpur-Varanasi via Aunrihar
- Jabalpur-Nainpur-Gondia- Ballarshah
- New Delhi-New coochbehar-Srirampur Assam via Patna & Katihar
With completion of electrification of Indian Railway network, India will save a lot of foreign exchange with less dependence on imported fuel at the same time being energy efficient, eco-friendly and making operation of trains (both freight and passenger) faster through adoption of modern and innovative technologies.
IR has set a target of becoming zero emitter of carbon by the end of 2030. Recently, West Central Railway Zone of IR becomes the first fully electrified railway zone in the country with total zonal route of 3012 km being electrified.