986 kilometer Rail tracks to be electrified in Southern Railway

"The electrification of the tracks would cut the operational cost by 15 per cent. Besides being environmental-friendly, the electrified line would also eliminate loco change over of trains thereby reducing the travel time by 20 to 30 minutes. In addition, maintenance of locomotives also will improve the operational efficiency"

Railway infrastructure is all set to get a boost in Tamil Nadu with the Railway Board recently approving electrification of six sections, running for about 986 km, across the zone.

Sections to be electrified
  • Madurai - Manamadurai
  • Salem - Virudhachalam - Cuddalore Port
  • Dindigul - Palakkad
  • Coimbatore Podanur - Pollachi
  • Tiruchendur - Tirunelveli - Tenkasi - Sengottai
  • Tiruchirappalli - Karaikudi - Manamadurai - Virudhunagar - Tenkasi

EPC worked has been awarded and electrification work has commenced in the section covering 986 Running Kilometer of Southern Railway.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that the Indian Railways is expected to switch entirely to electricity by 2024, as it is already shunting diesel locomotives gradually out of service.

"By the year 2024, we expect the entire Indian Railways to be run 100 per cent on electricity. It will be the first railway network in the world to be run fully on electricity. We are very conscious of our responsibility to the environment. We are embarking on rapid electrification of our rail network," said Goyal at India-Brazil Business Forum.