Insights on electrification works on N.F. Railway aiming to electrify the entire zone by December, 2023

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In order to minimise dependence o­n fossil fuels Indian Railways is working in mission mode to become the largest “Green Railways” in the world. 85% of RKM of electrification works have been completed in the entire Indian Railway network.

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  • In an endeavour for complete electrification, The Northeast Frontier Railway has completed electrification of over 132 route kilometres in the last three quarters of current financial year.
  • N.F. Railway has achieved electrification of 1108 route kilometres which is 26.28% of the total 4216 route kilometres of the network, as part of its target of achieving net zero carbon emission.
  • 445 KM of railway tracks have been electrified in Assam. The zone plans to electrify its entire route kilometres by December, 2023.
  • In a recent progress, section between Siliguri Jn – New Mal Jn (48 RKM) of Alipurduar Division, Siliguri Jn – Aluabari Road Jn via Bagdogra (74.17 RKM) of Katihar Division and Haibargaon – Mairabari (43.80 RKM) of Lumding Division have been electrified successfully.
  • Nearly 80 pairs of mail/express trains and 03 pairs of passengers have been operated with electric engines either partially or fully over N.F. Railway up to December, 2022.
  • While most of the above trains are running o­n electric engine end to end; about 18 pairs are running up to Guwahati, 05 pairs are running up to Kamakhya and 03 pairs are running up to Jagiroad o­n electric engine before switching over to diesel engine.
  • With the recent electrification of the new sections the numbers of mail and passenger trains running o­n electric engines have increased.
  • Electrification will significantly improve the mobility of trains o­n NFR and strengthen the Rail network in north-eastern states. In addition to the reduction in pollution, the financial performance of the Railway will also improve due to the shift from fossil fuel to electricity.
  • This would also facilitate seamless traffic and also increase the average speed of trains resulting in punctuality of train movement.

Source: Northeast Frontier Railway- Press Release | Image Credit (representational): MoR

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