The Railways’ electrification targets have been progressing slower than expected in the last six months, with work in some zonal railways coming to either nil or minuscule.
Now, the Railway Board has directed zonal railways to expedite work and to send reports on regularly basis. About 38,000 route kilometres of Indian Railways’ Broad Gauge route is non-electrified. The estimated cost of 100 per cent electrification is Rs 32,591 crore.
In September, a review meeting held to assess work progress of last six months found that there was no progress in the Central Railway as against the target of 640 km. Other zonal railways, which also submitted their work progress, were asked to find out ways to meet their target. Read more