2 December 2016

Speeding up of The Electrification projects in Indian Railways

Indian Railways have already embarked upon a major programme to speed up electrification of Railway Lines as can be seen from the targets and achievements of 10th , 11th and 12th Five Year Plans (FYP) under Plan Head ‘Railway Electrification’.
Target in Route Kilometres (RKM)
Achievement in Route Kilometres (RKM)
5772 RKM electrified during 2012-16 against the proportionate target of 5200 RKM

Further, target of electrification to 10,000 Route Kilometres for next 5 years (2015-16 - 2019-20) has been set. During 2014-16 period, total number of 48 railway electrification projects consisting 9649 route kilometer at an estimated cost of ` 9927 crore have been included in Railway Budget and pace of electrification has been increased from present average of 1300 RKM/annum to 2000 RKM/annum.

Indian Railways have taken following key steps to reduce its carbon footprint:

(i) Energy efficiency improvement on electric traction by introducing 3-phase electric locos and 3-phase EMUs for sub-urban trains.

(ii) Improvement in fuel efficiency in Diesel Traction.

(iii) Use of renewable sources of energy such as solar power and wind energy.

(iv) Energy conservation measures in electrical energy for non traction purpose.

(b): Till date 50 MW Renewable Energy plants have been provided, which includes, 14MW Solar and about 36 MW Wind Plant.