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On Track to Boost Rail Electrification Over High Density Network in Northeast Region

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has successfully completed the Electrification work of total 649 Route Kilometer (RKM)/ 1294 Tonne Kilometer (TKM) of High-Density Network (HDN) from Katihar to Guwahati.

October 11, 2021

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Indian Railways has embarked upon an ambitious plan of electrification of its complete Broad Gauge network by 2023-24 which would not only result in a better fuel energy usage resulting in increased throughput, reduced fuel expenditure but also savings in precious foreign exchange.

In this series, Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has successfully completed the Electrification work of a total of 649 Route Kilometer (RKM) from Katihar to Guwahati. This great feat will now connect all major cities of the country with Guwahati on seamless Electric Traction. This is yet another effort by NFR for capital connectivity by Green Transportation.

Apart from saving foreign exchange reserves spent on HSD Oil and providing greener transportation in the northeast, railway electrification up to Guwahati shall lead to a likely saving of foreign exchange spent on HSD Oil of about INR 300 crore per annum.

With Electrification, heavier goods trains can be run at higher speed. NF Railway has difficult terrain with a large number of graded sections, curves, bridges. Electric traction shall eliminate need for multi-diesel locos as higher HP electric engines can maintain higher speed in gradient section. Additional Rajdhani express trains can now be introduced for NE states like Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim.

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Electrification of this section shall improve operational efficiency and shall lead to large saving on fuel for power cars (About INR 10 crore on the electrified route itself). 15 pairs of existing trains originating/terminating at KYQ/GHY can run with an additional passenger coach by eliminating one power car, thus improving passenger throughput. Electrification will lead to better maintenance as faster trains shall lead to more time for maintenance blocks.