Karnataka has got a budget outlay of Rs 3,353 crore in this year’s Rail budget. The doubling of the Baiyyappanahalli-Hosur and Yeswanthpur-Channasandra railway lines have been sanctioned, apart from electrification of the 989km line worth Rs 919 crore.
The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) remained a non-starter even after nearly two- and-a-half years of launch in Jammu and Kashmir where 102 villages remained unelectrified.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday that the electrification of railway routes has taken a “quantum jump” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
Indian Railways has proposed its highest plan outlay of Rs 1.46 lakh crore for the next fiscal, up from Rs 1.31 lakh crore for the current financial year.
The power ministry targeted 100 per cent rural electrification by May 2018.
At the current rate, this target could be achieved soon.
The power ministry today informed projects worth Rs 69,475 crore have been sanctioned so far under two flagship schemes aimed at rural and urban electrification in the country and the government’s programme is on track to implement universal household electrification in India by March 2019.
A senior official of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said India is emerging as a “major driving force” in global energy trends, with all modern fuels and technologies playing a part.
The Indian Railways is looking to raise more than Rs 35,000 crore mainly to obtain safer passenger coaches and increase electric railway locomotives.
In a major shift from the past, Indian Railways plans to bid out large tenders as high as 1,500 km under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model for railway electrification, to achieve its target of full electrification by 2021.
Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana –“Saubhagya” a new scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas on 25th September, 2017.