Taking a huge step to improve the condition of the Indian Railways network, the Rail Ministry and the Power Ministry are aiming to achieve 100 per cent electrification of the entire rail network.
The two ministries are planning to work together and electrify nearly 35,000 km of railway line by year 2023.
The Power Ministry has even proposed to bear the entire cost of electrification and offered to recover the cost from railways at a later stage.
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal.
If the two ministries are able to achieve this target by 2013, these 35,000 km electrified railway line would be more than the total length of rail line which has been electrified since the Independence.
With this the Indian Railways also plans to gradually stop the production of diesel locomotives bringing curtains down on use of diesel as a fuel.
This would, in turn, help the Indian Railways cut down on its expenses which keep on fluctuating due to fuel costs and save nearly Rs.18,000 crore annually. Experts also say that this would contribute hugely towards cleaning the environment. At present, on an average, 1,350 km of rail line is electrified every year which at times slows down due to cash crunch.
But with the power ministry’s proposing to bear the entire cost, railway officials finally believe that the task can be achieved in time.
A final decision on the matter is likely to be taken by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu soon.