Indian Railways has logged highest ever electrification of sections covering 6,015 Route Kilometer (RKM)in single year during 2020-21.
It has surpassed the previous highest of 5,276 RKM achieved in 2018-19 despite Covid-19 pandemic.
The latest Broad-Gauge network of Indian Railways is 63,949 Route kilometer (RKM) and with 740 km of Konkan Railway is 64,689 RKM, out of which 45,881 RKM or 71 % have been electrified by March 31.
Out of total 45,881 RKM electrified so far, 34 % has been electrified in last three years only.
A lot of emphasis has been given to Railway Electrification in recent years with a view to reduce the Nation’s dependence on imported petroleum-based energy and to enhance the country’s energy security, with a vision of providing eco-friendly, faster and energy-efficient mode of transportation, Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
More than five times electrification was achieved during (2014-21) last seven years as compared to during 2007-14.
A total of 201 Traction Sub Stations have been commissioned during last seven years as well.
Indian Railways has planned to fully electrify its tracks by December 2023.
Total Rail electrification would contribute to the goal of “net zero” emissions by 2030 by drawing its entire electrical load from renewable energy sources.