Indian Railways took various steps for timely completion of railway electrification work, which include among others; formation of Project Monitoring Group (PMG) portal to resolve the constraint being faced during commissioning, creation of ‘Gati Shakti Directorate’ in Railway Board for smooth & speedy approval of projects at Railway Board level and ensuring effective project monitoring mechanism.
- In addition, large size projects are being executed in ‘Engineering Procurement and Construction’ (EPC) contract mode, assured funding is being arranged and financial powers are decentralised to field units to expedite the project execution & completion. Sometimes, there is some delay in getting statutory clearances required for execution of electrification works.
- As on 30.06.2023, 59,096 Route kilometres (RKM) of the Broad Gauge network of Indian Railways (IR) have been electrified. Out of which, 37,011 RKM have been electrified during the past nine years only.
State/UT wise details of electrification are as under:
Electrified BG RKM as on 30.06.2023
Existing Broad Gauge network falling in the following State/Union Territory have been 100% electrified:
- Electrification of 3,614 Route kilometre (RKM) out of 3,710 RKM and 3,435 RKM out of 3,862 RKM have been completed in the State of Bihar and Gujarat respectively.
- Indian Railways (IR) has aimed to become Net Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030. IR has taken a number of initiatives to reduce its carbon emissions which include use of energy efficient technologies like completely switching over to production of three phase electric locomotives with regenerative features, use of head on generation (HOG) technology, use of LED lights in buildings and coaches, star rated appliances, water conservation and its management and afforestation.
- Further, the key strategies that have been identified for achieving the Net Zero Carbon emission target are procurement of power through renewable energy sources; shifting from diesel to electric traction; promotion of energy efficiency; and afforestation.
- This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic & Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Source: PIB- Press Release | Image Credit (representational): South Central Railway