All trains coming to Delhi will be on electric traction from December 2019, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday (March 7).
“By December 2019, all trains coming to Delhi will be on electrical traction,” Goyal told reporters.
ANI also quoted the railway minister as saying, “All mail express and Rajdhani trains will also have bio-toilets with air vacuum cleaning system in the next 2.5 years, just like aeroplanes.”
The move is expected to lower fuel bills, improve safety and increase the speed of the trains, officials said. It will cost the government Rs 12,134 crore.
Around 650 trains start, end, or pass through Delhi daily, which handles around 12 lakh passengers every day.
The cabinet in September 2018 had approved a proposal for the complete electrification of the Indian railways in the next four years, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier.
Sources indicated that a proposal to electrify the heritage Kalka-Shimla route was also under consideration. But, as it is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) site and approval from the UN agency is required before a go-ahead can be given. Sources said that Goyal is likely to write to UNESCO soon.
(With PTI and ANI inputs)