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.
Very tuff task for SWR authority.
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.
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.
NFR not possible b4 end of 2025. It may go upto 2030