NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that all trains coming to Delhi will be on electric traction from December 2019.
The new move is expected to decrease fuel bills, improve safety and increase the speed of the trains.
"By December 2019, all trains coming to Delhi will be on electrical traction," Goyal told reporters.
“The trains, which are presently running with diesel locomotives in the Delhi region, will be taken over on electric locomotives progressively in a phased manner commensurate with the progress of electrification over the broad gauge network”, the minister said
As per the report, till now, 118 pairs of trains (39 in Phase-I, 60 in Phase-II and 19 in Phase-III) have been identified for the switch-over to electric traction.
Forty trains (20 pairs) have already been taken over on electric traction over Delhi area. Further, 98 pairs of trains have been identified for electric traction.
Around 650 trains start, end, or pass through Delhi daily, which handles around 12 lakh passengers every day.
Sources indicated that a proposal to electrify the heritage Kalka-Shimla route was also under consideration, but as it is a UNESCO site, approval from the UN agency is required before a go-ahead can be given.
The cabinet in September 2018 had approved a proposal for the complete electrification of the Indian Railways in the next four years at a cost of Rs 12,134 crore, reducing dependence on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier.
With inputs from PTI, ANI