Ambitious Electrification of Railways to cover 90% of Broad-Gauge Routes by 2021
Indian Railways is set to achieve its goals of reducing fuel costs and carbon footprint through electrification of routes. 90 per cent of all broad-gauge routes would be electrified by fiscal 2021. The proposed physical target for fiscal 2018 has been ramped up to 4,000 route km (up from 2,000 route km targeted in fiscal 2017 and 1,730 km commissioned in fiscal 2016). The plan, thereafter, is to touch 6,000 km every year. There is a revision in allocations with the Union Budget revising the targeted spend for fiscal 2017 to Rs 3,500 crore from Rs 2,800 crore and proposing a similar outlay for fiscal 2018. For accelerated execution, electrification projects are being funded under EBR (institutional finance). Also, IR has joined hands with IRCON, RITES and PGCIL and expects to reduce its fuel bill by Rs 10,000 crore annually through electrification of major routes.
There are two dedicated freight corridors on which work is currently underway to have electrified lines. The Western DFC will cover 1,504 km of a double-line electric (2 x 25 KV) track from Nehru Port Trust in Maharashtra to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh via the Vadodara-Ahmedabad-Palanpur-Phulera-Rewari route. The Eastern DFC will cover a route length of 1,856 km, including an electrified double track of 1,409 km between Dankuni in West Bengal and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, and an electrified single track of 447 km between Ludhiana (Dhandarikalan) in Punjab and Dadri in UP.