Rly electrification up to Guwahati by 2020
GUWAHATI, Oct 31 – The Indian Railways has set an ambitious target for completion of electrification work to Guwahati by January 2020 and work on the ground is progressing at a fast pace.In addition, the Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has sent a proposal to the Railway Board for electrification of all existing routes in the northeastern region.
“The Katihar yard has been electrified, commissioned and electric train services have been running till there since April 2017. The Katihar-Kumedpur-Malda Town section will be commissioned by March 2018, the Katihar-New Jalpaiguri section by December 2018 and the New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati section by January 2020,” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR told The Assam Tribune today.
“All existing routes in the northeastern region have been proposed for electrification and all the proposals have been sent to the Railway Board,” he said, adding, “electrification of the Guwahati-Dibrugarh section has already been sanctioned by the Board, while that of the Lumding-Silchar section is under its consideration.”
The Railway Ministry has sanctioned an outlay totaling Rs 2,298.23 crore for the ongoing electrification work and for the projects which have been sanctioned.
In the New Jalpaiguri-Guwahati section, the project envisages electrification of 382 km route and 687 km track, and there will be seven 220 KV and 132 KV traction substations and seven maintenance depots and sheds.
“It will be based on utilisation of 25 KV AC single phase overhead power supply lines,” said the NFR CPRO, adding that a centralised control room will also be set up for maintenance and to deal with any contingency.
Sharma said that wiring and other work is currently going on at many places in the section. In addition, railway loco drivers and maintenance staff are being trained batch by batch to serve as per needs of the new system based on electrification.
Electrification in this region is expected to make railway services faster and more efficient and it will also help the government reduce its energy bill.
“There will also be reduction in pollution from carbon emission. More jobs will be generated with the increase in related ancillary industries,” he said.
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