North Central Railway carried out electrification of 439 Route Kilometers in 2021-22
652 track kilometers electrification completed by NCR
42 pairs of mail/express trains taken over from Diesel to Electric traction during 2021-22
7 new Traction substations commissioned during 2021-22
In pursuance of Mission 100% electrification, North Central Railway is carrying out electrification of its all routes and of the missing links on war footage. Financial Year 2021-22 proved to be an year of achievements for NCR where massive electrification works got completed in the Zone.
NCR total Broad Gauge network stands at 3222 Route kilometers(RKM), out of which now 3146 kilometers have been electrified. Thus 98% of the total broad gauge network of NCR has been electrified now. The work for remaining 76kilometers is in advanced stage and is targeted to be completed shortly.
In 2021-22, electrification of following routes was completed:
Mahoba- Khajuraho of Jhansi Division (64 RKM)
Khajuraho-Ishanagar of Jhansi Division (57 RKM)
Birlanagar- Udimore of Jhansi Division (101 RKM)
Mainpuri- Shikohabad of Prayagraj Division (51 RKM)
Mainpuri-Farrukhabad, along with Etawah-Mainpuri, Prayagraj Division (107 RKM)
Barhan-Etah of Prayagraj Division (59 RKM)
With these electrification works, Railway network spanning through the parts of districts of Etah, Mainpuri, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Firozabad and Agra of Uttar Pradesh and those of Gwalior, Bhind, Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur of Madhya Pradesh will now be served through electrified territories.
The significance of these massive electrification works lie in the fact that it will reduce the bottleneck of change of traction when a train coming from Electric locomotive arrives in a non-electrified territory. Since the requirement of changing of traction is done away with, it increases mobility and thereby is a leap ahead in improving the punctuality of trains. In Financial Year 2021-22, 42 pairs of mail/express trains running through NCR were taken over from diesel to electric traction after completion of major electrification works in NCR and different sections of other zones. Three more pairs of trains will be taken over on Electric Traction after issue of CRS sanction of Etah-Barhan section, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) inspection of which has already been carried out.
Principal Chief Electrical Engineer NCR Shri Satish Kothari informs that in addition to the electrification of these major routes, all the new doubling or tripling works are being opened along with electrification. Newly laid Jhansi- Babina third line (Jhansi Division), Bhuteshwar-Chhata fourth line (Agra Division), Dholpur-Bhandai third line (Agra Division) and sections opened in Kanpur-Virangana Lakshmibai section (Jhansi Division) are fully electrified. Massive electrification of existing sidings has also been done in 2021-22. As a result of all these, NCR successfully carried out 652 Track kilometers of electrification in the financial year.
Giving impetus to the power supply installations, 7 new Traction substations were commissioned in 2021-22 namely Chunar, Saifai and Bhongaon (Prayagraj Division); Newari and Harpalpur (Jhansi Division) and Ghosrana and Bhandai of Agra Division.
General Manager NCR Shri Pramod Kumar who conducted numerous inspections in field and called a series of meeting of all the stake holders to get these electrification works completed well in time says that not only punctuality of trains will increase but time taken in placements and removals of goods trains in sidings will alsocome down. “Electrification will also bring environmental benefits along with the improvement in mobility”, says Shri Pramod Kumar.