Cabinet likely to okay plan to Electrify 13,000 kms of Rail tracks today!

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet is likely to approve the plan to electrify the last leg of about 13,000 kilometres of rail tracks on Wednesday. This will require around Rs 14,000 crore investment from the Indian Railways, source said.

Officials said the work will be undertaken as a part of “Mission 100% electrification” in the next three years. These works are spread over across a dozen of states including Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Telangana.

According to government data, about 8,400 kilometres of rail tracks have been electrified in the past four years as compared to only 2,600 kilometres during the previous four years under UPA-II.

Electrification of rail lines is being seen as yet another move to reduce the fuel bill. Last week, junior railways minister Manoj Sinha had claimed that railways electrification would save about Rs 13,000 crore per annum in fuel bill and reduce carbon emissions by around 3.4 million tonnes a year after the electrification of railway lines is completed.