Railways logs record pace of route Kilometer electrification
Indian Railways has planned to fully electrify its tracks by December 2023.
Indian Railways has logged the highest ever electrification of sections. Initiatives covered 6,015 Route Kilometer (RKM)in a single year during 2020-21. Despite the ongoing pandemic, it surpassed the previous highest of 5,276 RKM achieved in 2018-19.
The latest Broad Gauge network of Indian Railways is 63,949 Route kilometer (RKM) and with 740 km of Konkan Railway is 64,689 RKM, out of which 45,881 RKM i.e. 71 % have been electrified by 31.03.2021.
The initiative aims to reduce the Nation’s dependence on imported petroleum-based energy and to enhance the country’s energy security, with a vision of providing an eco-friendly, faster and energy-efficient mode of transportation.
More than 5 times electrification was achieved during (2014-21) last seven years as compared to during 2007-14. Since 2014, a record 24,080 RKM (37% of present Broad Gauge routes) have been electrified against electrification of 4,337 RKM (7% of present Broad Gauge routes) during 2007-14.
Out of a total of 45,881, RKM electrified so far, 34 % has been electrified in the last three years only. Major section electrified over the year: Mumbai-Howrah via Jabalpur, Delhi-Darbhanga-Jaynagar, Gorakhpur-Varanasi via Aunrihar, Jabalpur-Nainpur-Gondia- Ballarshah, Chennai-Trichy, Indore-Guna-Gwalior-Amritsar, Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur, New Delhi-New coochbehar-Srirampur Assam via Patna & Katihar, Ajmer-Howrah, Mumbai-Marwar, and Delhi-Moradabad-Tanakpur.
Total Rail electrification would contribute to the goal of “net-zero” emissions by 2030 by drawing its entire electrical load from renewable energy sources.