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Cabinet approves 100% electrification of railways at a cost of Rs 121.34 bn

This comes at a time when General Electric is set to come up with a diesel locomotive manufacturing unit at Marhowra in Bihar

Railway tracks
Railway tracks

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for 100 per cent electrification of all the broad gauge (BG) routes of Railways by 2021-22. It cleared the proposal for electrification of the balance un-electrified BG routes of Indian Railways comprising 108 sections, covering 13,675 route kilometers (RKM), at a cost of Rs 121.34 billion. This comes at a time when global giant General Electric (GE) is set to come up with a diesel locomotive manufacturing unit at Marhowra in Bihar.  The Railways had ordered GE to supply 1,000 fuel-efficient Evolution series locomotives ...