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Cabinet Approves 100% Indian Railways Electrification With Final 13,675 KM

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| September 12 , 2018 , 17:56 IST

Under the mission of 100 per cent electrification of the Indian railways, the Centre has approved a proposal on Wednesday to electrify the last leg of about 13,675 Km railway tracks at a cost of Rs 12,134 crore.

Upon the completion of this last leg of railways tracks electrification, the Indian Railways network will be 100 per cent operational on electric traction.

While announcing the decision, Railways and Coal minister Piyush Goyal said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aiming to make the Indian Railways more profitable and reduce the cost burden on the passengers for which we have decided electrification of remaining un-electrified broad gauge routes."

"We have a huge responsibility towards climate change and it our endeavour to reduce the pollution levels in the country. Three years ago we promised to reduce the diesel traction, push electric traction and today, 46 per cent of the railway routes are electrified," he added.

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He also said that the electrification of around 20,000 Km has been going on and soon we will reach 78 per cent of Indian railways electrification.

The initiative of 100 per cent electrification of the Indian Railways will lead to significant benefits in the areas of safety, capacity, speed, energy, security and sustainability.

It is expected that post 100 per cent railways electrification, India will be able to save around Rs 13,510 crores per annum in fuel, thereby reducing the dependence on imported diesel and petrol from the other countries.

With the 100 per cent electrification of about 1,20,000 Km railway network, India will become a first country to achieve this milestone to electrify a vast network of railway mechanism in any country.

Speeding up the pace towards 100 per cent electrification, around 4,087 km routes have been electrified in 2017-18, the highest ever electrification in a single year.

The Indian Railway electrification has been started in 1925 with the first electric train between Bombay Victoria Terminus and Kurla on the great Indian peninsula railway's (GIPR) harbour line.

It is expected that the Indian railways will get fully electrified by 2021-22.