Railway electrification, paving the way for a sustainable future 37,011 Route Kilometres

Maligaon, May 05: Railway electrification offers a sustainable and efficient mode of transportation that is free from environmental pollution and dependency on fossil fuels. Between India’s independence and 2014, only 21,413 route kilometers (RKM) of railway tracks were electrified.

However, over the past 9 years, the pace of electrification in India has accelerated significantly, with a record-breaking 37,011 route kilometers (RKM) of tracks being electrified in the last nine years alone. This is an increase of 73% in last nine years. A total of 58,424 RKMs have been electrified, which accounts to 90% of Indian railways.

It is a remarkable feat that out of the total route kilometers electrified, nearly 50% was completed in the last five years alone. Indian Railways has set a target to become the world’s largest green railway with zero carbon emissions by 2030. It has already achieved full 100% railway electrification in 14 states, UTs, making significant strides towards achieving this ambitious goal.

The N.F. Railway is also progressing at full throttle for achieving the Indian Railways target of becoming Net Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030. Under the jurisdiction of N. F. Railway 1661.83 RKM of railway tracks were electrified during 2014 – 2023. Balance portion is targeted to be electrified by this year. Electrification will significantly improve the mobility of trains in Northeast India.



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