If the railway ministry has its way, thousands of diesel-guzzling locomotives could be a thing of the past in the country. In a move to expedite the complete electrification of rail network, Indian railways has advanced the deadline by two years to 2020. This means the railways would remove diesel engines in the next three years and all 19,000 trains will run only on electric locomotives, a senior railway official said.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal has issued directions to speed up the electrification process of rail routes. Railway officials said this will not only contain greenhouse emission but also save cash-strapped railways at least Rs11,000 crore annually on fuel expenses. At present, Indian Railways spends Rs18,000 crore annually on purchase of diesel. On the other hand, its electricity purchase bill is pegged at Rs9,000 crore. Read More…
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