Indian Railways on a mission to electrify all BG rail lines by 2023-24

New Delhi: Indian Railways (IR) has decided to undertake electrification of Broad Gauge (BG) Railway lines in mission mode. Significant progress has already been made in this regard and IR is likely to electrify all BG rail lines by 2023-24.

As on 01.04.2020, Total length of entire Indian railways network (all Gauges) is 67,956 Route kilometre.

As on 01.04.2021, 484 Railway projects of 51,165 km length, costing approx. Rs. 7.54 lakh crore are in different stages of planning/sanction/execution, out of which 10,638 km length has been commissioned and an expenditure of Rs. 2,13,815 crore has been incurred upto March, 2021. These include:-

  1. 187 New line projects of 21,037 km length, costing Rs. 4,04,986 crore, out of which commissioning of 2,621 km length has been achieved and expenditure of Rs. 1,05,591 crore has been incurred upto March, 2021.

  1. 46 Gauge Conversion projects of 6,213 km length, costing Rs. 53,171 crore, out of which commissioning of 3,587 km length has been achieved and expenditure of Rs. 22,184 crore has been incurred upto March, 2021.

  1. 251 Doubling projects of 23,915 km length, costing Rs. 2,96,186 crore, out of which commissioning of 4,430 km length has been achieved and expenditure of Rs. 86,041 crore has been incurred upto March, 2021.

Completion of a Railway project(s) depends on various factors like expeditious land acquisition by State Government, forest clearance by officials of forest department, shifting of infringing utilities, statutory clearances from various authorities, geological and topographical conditions of area, law and order situation in the area of project site, number of working months in a year for particular project site due to climatic conditions etc. and all these factors affect the completion time.

Zone-wise total BG Route kilometers (RKM), electrified BG RKM & balance BG RKM to be electrified  as on 31.03.2021 is as under:-

SN RAILWAY Total Broad Gauge (BG) Route Km Electrified BG Route Km Balance BG Route Km to be electrified
1 Central 3,853             3,336 517
2 East Coast 2,800             2,791 9
3 East central 4,008             3,540 468
4 Eastern 2,820             2,490 330
5 North Central 3,222             2,707 515
6 North Eastern 3,102             2,299 803
7 Northeast Frontier 4,152                652 3,500
8 Northern 7,062             5,512 1,550
9 North Western 5,248             2,186 3,062
10 South Central 6,206             4,145 2,061
11 South East Central 2,348             2,120 228
12 South Eastern 2,713             2,661 52
13 Southern 4,914             3,570 1,344
14 South Western 3,578             1,208 2,370
15 West Central 3,011             3,011 0
16 Western 4,885             3,183 1,702
17 Kolkata Metro 27                  27 0
18 Konkan 740                443 297
  TOTAL 64,689 45,881 18,808

About Rs. 21,000 crores are estimated to be incurred on electrification of balance Broad Gauge routes of Indian Railways.

Indian Railways annual consumption of Electricity for traction purpose is about 18.41Billion Units during 2019-20 and 14.1 Billion Units during 2020-21. The estimated electricity consumption after complete electrification of Railway tracks shall be 30.13 Billion Units.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.