IR to adopt upgraded system for new Vande Bharat Express trains

A tender worth Rs 1140 crore has already been awarded for upgrading electrification on 1650 track km on the high density section between Delhi and Mugalsararai.

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NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): The Indian Railways (IR) has decided to double the number of overhead power lines to make sure that the new Vande Bharat Express trains can ply comfortably.

The Railway Board released an order according to which all electrification of routes will now be authorized with a 2×25 KV traction system only. This is an upgrade from 1×25 KV traction system already in place.

This decision aims to provide higher capacity electrification that will accompany the 75 Vande Bharat trains which are scheduled to hit the tracks by August 2023. Meanwhile, 400 new trains are planned to be manufactured over the next three years.

A tender worth Rs 1140 crore has already been awarded for upgrading electrification on 1650 track km on the high density section between Delhi and Mugalsararai.

The budget for higher capacity electrification of the Mumbai-Delhi, and Delhi-Howrah routes have been authorized whereas the budgetary allocation for upgraded electrification of the Mumbai-Chennai and Kolkata-Chennai routes is at the pre-sanctioning stage.

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