Indian Railways to electrify all broad gauge routes by December 2023

Indian Railways has planned to electrify a total of 28,810 km of broad gauge route by December 2023. As part of its solar mission, it plans to source approximately 1000 megawatt (MW) of solar power & to source around 200 MV of wind power, based on the techno-commercial assessment.

Out of this power, about 204.82 MW (101.42 MW of solar & 103.4 MW of wind power) is already set up on the network. Solar and wind power are renewable energy resources, which is being utilized by the Indian Railways network.

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The planning for the electrification of the remaining broad gauge routes of Indian Railways network is as follows:

  • In the year 2019-20.20, a target of electrifying 6,000 km of broad gauge route has been planned.
  • In the year 2020-2021, a target of electrifying 6,000 km of broad gauge route has been planned.
  • In the year 2021-2022, a target of electrifying 6,000 km of broad gauge route has been planned.
  • In the year 2022-2023, a target of electrifying 6,5000 km of broad gauge route has been planned.
  • In the year 2023-2024 (till the month of December 2023), a target of electrifying 4,310 km of broad gauge route has been planned.

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