Indian Railways Spends Rs 21,000 Cr For 100% Electrification Of Broad Gauge Track!
Indian Railways in a way can be called as bloodlines of the country. They make sure that people and freight are carried over around corners of the country promptly. In the world of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, it is hard to believe that, not all railway routes are yet electrified.
So, with an effort to the electrification of at least broad gauge tracks, the ministry has decided to spend Rs. 21,000 Cr for 100% electrification of broad gauge tracks.
Minister informs Parliament
Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw informed the Parliament that The Indian Railways has decided to undertake electrification of Broad Gauge (BG) rail lines in a mission mode and the work is likely to be completed by 2023-24.
Further, in the written response to a question, the minister informed that the Railways has 64,689 km of broad gauge route, of which 45,881 km has been electrified and the balance 18,808 route km is yet to be electrified.
About Rs 21,000 crore are estimated to be incurred on electrification of balance Broad Gauge routes of Indian Railways, the minister notified.
Various projects are underway
According to Vaishnaw, the total length of the entire Indian Railways network (all gauges) is 67,956 route km as of 1 April.
There are various railway projects underway. 484 railway projects of 51,165 km length, costing approximately Rs. 7.54 lakh crore is in different stages of planning, sanction, and execution, out of which 10,638 km length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs. 2,13,815 crore has been incurred up to March 2021, a Ministry of Railways statement read.
The minister also informed that the Indian Railways’annual consumption of Electricity for traction purposes was about 18.41 billion units during 2019-20 and for 2020-21, it was 14.1 billion units. With the increasing electrification of the country, the ministry is also expecting an increase in its expenses. The estimated electricity consumption after complete electrification of Railway tracks shall be 30.13 billion units, the minister notified.