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News Entry# 422796
Oct 26 (18:39) 2,835km of South Western Railway network yet to be electrified (
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BENGALURU: While Indian Railways plans to complete electrification of all lines in the country by 2023, only 731km (20%) of the 3,566km track network in South Western Railway has been electrified so far.

This means SWR will have to electrify 2,835km in the next three years. Complete electrification is likely to push up speed of trains by 10-15% and provide seamless operations by eliminating detention of trains due to change in traction from diesel to electric and vice-versa. It will also reduce dependence on petroleum-based fuels.
minister Piyush Goyal recently said in the Lok Sabha: "Total broad gauge route in Indian railways is 63,631km. Of this, 39,866km has been electrified as on April 2020." During the session, he said they are planning to undertake electrification of 6,000km each in 2020-21 and 2021-22, 6,500km in 2022-23 and 5,265km in 2023-24.

SWR sources said electrification work is likely to be completed only by 2025. "Work is progressing fast but it is difficult to meet the 2023 deadline because of various factors like Covid-19," said a source. Asked about SWR's poor record of electrification, he said: "Earlier, the railways was giving priority to routes that witnessed high freight movement. It's also difficult to take up work in the Ghat section."

SWR has electrified routes like Bengaluru-Mysuru, Bengaluru-Jolarpettai, Yelahanka-Dharmavaram, Ballari-Kariganur and Toranagallu-Ranjitpura. While it has commissioned electrification of Byappanahalli-Anekal, commissioner of rail safety (CRS) will inspect the remaining Anekal-Hosur section soon. "This year, we are planning to commission electrification of sections like Yelahanka-Devanahalli (23km),Chikkabanavara-Banasandra (105km), Hotgi-Kalgurki (128km), Ghataprabha-Kudachi (47km), Hubballi-Londa (90km), Kariganur-Hulkoti (102km), Kariganur-Harlapur (71km), Talaku-Chitradurga (50km) and Periyanagathunai-Palakkodu (50km)," said E Vijaya, chief public relations Officer, SWR.
Central Organisation for Railway Electrification, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, Indian Railway Construction Organisation, Rail India Technical and Economic Services Limited and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited are taking up electrification projects. Rail activists have been demanding electrification of routes in Karnataka be expedited. The project will also help SWR replace DEMU with MEMU, which will mainly help suburban passengers.
Of the 23,765km yet to be electrified across the country, Northeast Frontier Railway has to undertake work on 3,793km and North Western Railway on 3,282km. SWR fares the third worst in rail electrification. In contrast, East Coast Railway, headquartered in Bhubaneswar, has completed electrification of its entire 3,853km network.

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Oct 26 (18:45)
sanjay07   1056 blog posts
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Very tuff task for SWR authority.

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Oct 28 (09:52)
Atmathew80   69 blog posts
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It is basically poor planning. In addition to electrification , electric loco sheds are to be provided so that the trains can run with Electric engines. Karnataka,Rajasthan are among the mainland states with worst track record of Railway electrification, besides North East. Even today trains to Jaipur ,capital of Rajasthan, run with Diesel locos.

Oct 28 (09:57)
G_I_P_R^~   7089 blog posts
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SWR can easily electrify the rest of the sections except the ghats in the Kulem-Castle Rock in Braganza Ghats and Subrahmanya Rd- Sakleshpur in the Shiradi Ghats.

GIPR could electrify the much steeper Bhor and Thull ghats more than 75 years ago, so this should be much easier.

Oct 28 (11:12)
Mazi IRI
mazhar.nfr~   1508 blog posts
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NFR not possible b4 end of 2025. It may go upto 2030
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