Central Organization for Railway Electrification (CORE) was set up in 1979 under Ministry of Railways with the prime objective of electrification of railway tracks over the Indian Railways. It has been almost 41 years since its inception; the organization is marching ahead in the field of electrification by contributing about more than 80% of total electrified sections of Indian Railway.
So far Indian Railways has electrified 39,866 RKMs which accounts for about 63% of total Route Kilometers on Indian Railways. Presently about 57% of passenger traffic and about 65% of freight traffic is being carried on electric traction. It is planned to electrify all BG routes of IR by 2024.
Presently 09 project units i.e. Ahmedabad, Ambala, Banglore, Chennai, Danapur. Jaipur ,Lucknow, New Jalpaigudi and, Secunderabad are operational in the process of electrifying important Railway routes for harnessing maximum benefits from their traffic potential.
IR Electrification notched up from 2015-16 to 2019-20 in increasing trend and resulted in a sum of 16889 RKM by 31st March 2020 which is 345% increase against previous five years IR data (2010-11 to 2014-15 - 3793 RKM).
During the year 2019-20 alone, 2606 RKM has been electrified by CORE. In addition, sections of 560 RKM were ready with complete work in March 2020 but could not be commissioned due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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