Konkan Railways Is Now 100% Electrified! 163 Kms Electrified In This Railway Division

Konkan Railways Is Now 100% Electrified! 163 Kms Electrified In This Railway Division
Konkan Railways Is Now 100% Electrified! 163 Kms Electrified In This Railway Division

The Konkan Railway Corporation has completed electrification on its entire 741-kilometre route between Roha in Maharashtra and Thokur in Karnataka.

Benefits

Electrification will help save Rs 150 crore on fuel, reduce dependence on diesel and ensure seamless and pollution-free operations.

The Railway Budget 2021 had outlined the national transporter’s plan to achieve 100% electrification of the broad gauge network by December 2023.

The Konkan Railway connects Mumbai with Mangalore.

The Route

The electrified 741-kilometre line passes through Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka along the western coast.

The foundation stone of the electrification project was laid in November 2015 with an allocation of Rs 1,287 crore.

The work was completed despite issues like difficult terrain, extreme monsoons and the pandemic.

Train operations with electrical traction will be implemented on the route in a phased manner.

Southern Railways

Also chugging along on the electrification drive is the South Central Railway (SCR).

It has completed the electrification of 163 kms railway lines on various sections in Andhra Pradesh.

SCR spokesperson CH Rakesh said that the electrified sections are Kadiri Tummanam gutta (53.30 route km), Pakala Kalikiri (55.80 km) and Dhone Kurnool City (54.20 km).

The Indian Railways is making great strides to achieve the ‘Mission 100% Electrification – Moving towards net Zero Carbon Emission’ plan.

Ambitions

It had announced last June that the network’s electrification has seen a 10-fold increase since 2014.

All these efforts are in pursuit of becoming the largest Green Railways in the world and becoming a ‘net zero carbon emitter’ before 2030.

Other initiatives such as Head-On-Generation systems, Bio-Toilets and LED lights will make trains kinder to the environment while maintaining passenger comfort.

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