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Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) was set up in 1979 under the Ministry of Railways, at Allahabad. The responsibility entrusted was to carryout railway electrification over the entire network of Indian Railways.

The organization is headed by a General Manager. It has various project units namely: Ambala, Lucknow, Jaipur, Secunderabad, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad, New Jalpaigudi, Jabalpur, Kolkota and Danapur. These units are in the process of electrifying important Railway routes for harnessing maximum benefits from their traffic potential. As of now about 65.4% of freight and 51.2% of passenger traffic is hauled by electric traction on Indian Railways.

During the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), 7,785 Route Kilometer (RKM) of Railway Track has been electrified against the total target of 6500 RKM. As on 31.03.2017, total electrified RKM stands at 30,012. During the financial year 2016-17, 2,013 RKM has been electrified by CORE.


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