Northeast Frontier Railway on Track to Achieve 100% Electrification
Guwahati, November 20: In a landmark move towards sustainable transportation, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has made significant progress in its ambitious project to achieve 100% electrification of its Broad Gauge routes. This initiative is a part of the larger Indian Railways mission to establish itself as the largest “GREEN RAILWAYS” in the world.
As of the latest reports, NFR has successfully electrified 1956.63 Route Kilometres (RKM) of its network. This achievement marks 45% completion of the total 4348 RKM, bringing the organization closer to its goal of net-zero carbon emissions.
The electrification progress spans across several states under the NFR jurisdiction, reflecting a commitment to regional development and environmental stewardship. In Assam, a considerable 910.45 Km has been electrified, while Meghalaya and Nagaland have seen 9.58 Km and 6.00 Km electrified, respectively.
Additionally, Bihar and West Bengal, falling under NFR’s ambit, have achieved 285.87 Km and 744.726 Km of electrification. The remaining 2391.38 Km across the North-Eastern states are still in progress, signaling a future of green transportation in these areas.
Recent developments have been particularly noteworthy. The completion of electrification works in three sections in Assam – Badarpur-Silchar (29.60 RKM), Badarpur-Baraigram (41.77 RKM), and Baraigram-Dullabcherra (27.00 RKM) – stands as a testament to NFR’s dedication and efficiency.
The execution of these projects involved collaboration among various organizations, including Indian Railway Construction International Limited (IRCON), Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), NFR/Construction, and Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE).
This electrification drive is expected to bring a multitude of benefits. The most significant of these is the drastic reduction in pollution, aligning with global environmental objectives. Additionally, the shift from fossil fuels to electricity is anticipated to improve the financial performance of the railways.
In terms of operational benefits, electrification is set to increase the average speed and punctuality of train movements, enhancing the overall mobility and network strength in the North-Eastern states.
With these steps, NFR not only moves towards a greener future but also paves the way for a more efficient and sustainable rail network in India.
The successful completion of this project will undoubtedly mark a significant milestone in the country’s journey towards environmental sustainability and operational excellence in public transportation.