Indian Railways to electrify balance Broad Gauge (BG) Routes by December 2023

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Ministry of Railways has planned to electrify balance Broad Gauge (BG) Routes of Indian Railways by December, 2023.

The planning for electrification of balance BG Routes of Indian Railways is as under:

Year Target

(Route kilometer)

2019-20 6,000
2020-21 6,000
2021-22 6,000
2022-23 6,500
2023-24

(upto Dec-23)

4,310
Total 28,810

Initially, Indian Railways (IR) has planned to source about 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Solar Power as part of its Solar Mission and about 200 MW of wind power based on techno-commercial assessment.  Out of this, about 204.82 MW (101.42 MW solar and 103.4MW wind power) renewable power has already been set up. 

In addition to above, to further reduce the fuel burden of IR, it has been endeavored to install land based solar plants across India on unutilized railway land for meeting its energy needs for both traction and non-traction purpose.

This press release is based on information given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 13 MAR 2020.


Source: PIB | Image Credit: South Central Railways

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