100% Electrification In Pune Railway Division Saves Rs 246 Crore Annually

100% Electrification In Pune Railway Division Saves Rs 246 Crore Annually
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Sumit Singh

Pune, 5th March 2023: Indian Railways is working in mission mode to become the largest Green Railways in the world and is moving towards becoming a “net zero carbon emitter” before 2030. Railways are guided by a holistic vision of being an environment-friendly, efficient, cost-effective, punctual and modern carrier of passengers as well as freight in order to serve the growing needs of New India.

Giving detailed information in this regard, Dubey said that The first electric train carrier Deccan Queen ran between Mumbai to Pune on June 1, 1930. The section was electrified on 1500 Volt DC. The conversion of DC traction on the Pune Division of Central Railway to AC traction began in 2004 and was progressively completed in 2008-09.

The second electrification was done for the section between Pune and Daund which was later extended up to Baramati. This was started in 2014 and completed in 2019.

Electrification of the Pune to Kolhapur section including Lonand- Phaltan was started in 2019 and completed in 2022. At present Pune Division has been fully electrified with 531 route km.

During the year 2022-23, 11 pairs of mail/express trains changed to electric traction. The important trains run on electric traction in Pune Division are Shatabdi Express, Vande Bharat Express, Deccan Queen, Jhelum Express, Duranto Express, Goa Express etc. This has significantly reduced the fuel bill of Pune Division which is 2303.04 kilo litre per month on average and reduces 0.733 lakh ton carbon footprints annually.

100% Electrification In Pune Railway Division Saves Rs 246 Crore Annually

The pace of Railway Electrification, which is environment friendly and reduces pollution, has increased at 9X speed since 2014. Railways have planned the electrification of BG routes which will facilitate the elimination of diesel traction resulting in a significant reduction in its carbon footprint and environmental pollution.

Electrification offers advantages like:

• Environmental-friendly mode of transport

• Reduced dependence on imported diesel fuel, thereby saving precious foreign currency and reduced carbon footprints

• Reduced operating cost

• Haulage of heavier freight trains.

• Increased sectional capacity by eliminating detention on account of traction change.

In this press conference, Additional Divisional Railway Manager Brijesh Kumar Singh, Senior Divisional Operations Manager Dr Swapnil Nila, Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer Narayan Hari Maheshwari, Divisional Commercial Manager Dr Ramdas Bhise, Public Relations Officer of Pune Division Manoj Jhawar were present.

100% Electrification In Pune Railway Division Saves Rs 246 Crore Annually


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