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Address: Manamadurai Junction, Manamadurai, Tamil Nadu 630606, India

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Zone: SR/Southern

Train Frequency Weekly: 121

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157/2021-22 09-06-2021
Indian Railways give fillip to Electrification Projects 100% Electrification by 2023 would result in annual saving of Rs.14500 crores for IR Southern Railway aims to complete electrification of 673 route kilometer by March 2022

Pace of Railway Electrification, which is environment friendly and reduces pollution, has increased nearly ten times since 2014. With a view to transform Indian Railways into “Green Railways” and to capture the economic benefits of electric traction in an accelerated manner, Railways has planned to electrify balance Broad Gauge (BG) routes by December, 2023 to achieve 100% electrification of BG routes. This will facilitate elimination of diesel traction resulting in significant reduction in its carbon footprint and environmental pollution. The major highlights in this regards are as below:




% Growth

Total Route Kilometers electrified (RKM)




As o­n 01 May 2021, 71% of the total Broad Gauge network has been electrified.

Growth of Railway Electrification (RKM)

Southern Railway fast-tracks electrification projects

In the vast expanse of Southern Railway network covering 5080 Route kilometers (RKM), 3529  RKM accounting for about 70% has been electrified till March 2021.  As envisaged in National Rail Plan & Vision 2024, Southern Railway targets Electrification of all the Broad Gauge routes in Southern Railway by December 2023.187 Route kilometrage of Electrified lines commissioned in the financial year 2020-21.

673 Route kilometrage is targeted for electrification during 2021-22.  The following sections are targeted for completion during the year:

vMadurai-Manamadurai                   (45 RKM)

vNagapattinam-Velankanni             (10 RKM)

vSalem - Talaivasal                             (73 RKM)

vPollachi – Podanur                         (38 RKM)

vThalaivasal-Vridhachalam                         (66 RKM)

vTiruchchirappalli-Pudukottai-Karaikudi(90 RKM)

vKaraikudi-Manamadurai-Virudunagar   (124 RKM)

vManamadurai-Ramanathapuram           (62 RKM)

vPalakkad –Pollachi-Palani                        (121 RKM)    

vKollam – Punalur                             (44 RKM)

Expenditure: Earlier RE projects were used to be financed through budgetary support from the Union Government but being highly remunerative, they are now being financed through Extra Budgetary Resources (Institutional Finance).Further, expenditure of approximate Rs. 21,000 crore is expected to be incurred for completion of the balance electrification.




% Growth

Expenditure under Plan Head-RE (Rs. Crore)




·At the time of submitting a proposal of 100% electrification to the Cabinet Committee o­n Economic Affairs (CCEA) during 2018-19, the annual saving in fuel bill was estimated as Rs.13,510crore/year after completion of 100% electrification. However, with the recent increase in diesel prices, the estimated saving currently is Rs. 14,500 crore/year.

·Steps Taken: To complete the projects in time, various other  steps have been taken which includes among others, award of large size Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts, better project monitoring mechanisms, assured/committed funds through ‘Extra Budgetary Resource (Institutional Finance), and decentralization of powers to field units.

·Future Planning: As o­n 01 May 2021, 18,808 kilometres (incl. KRCL) of BG routes are balanced for electrification. Planning to execute these works is as under:


Target (RKM)






(upto December-2023)




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 and longer passenger trains with high haulage capacity of Electric Locomotives leading to increased throughput

Increased sectional capacity by eliminating detention o­n account of traction change

Reduced Operating and maintenance Cost of Electric Loco

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153/2021-22 09-06-2021
Improving Cleanliness Through Bio Toilets

As a part of “Swachh Bharat Mission”, Indian Railways has completed installation of Bio Toilets o­n its entire fleet ensuring ‘zero discharge’ from coaches o­n track. With this effort, nearly 2,74,000 litres per day of excreta o­n tracks is being avoided. Additionally, human waste led corrosion of rails and fittings costing Rs. 400 crore per annum is also avoided. 73,078 coaches have been fitted with 2,58,906 Bio Toilets across IR.

Southern Railway became the first zone in Indian Railways to commission the Nation’s first ‘Green Train Corridor’ between Manamadurai – Rameswaram stretch in July 2016 with all the trains running through the section retrofitted with Bio-toilets.  Southern Railway has retrofitted 100% of its coaches, i.e., a total of 7024 coaches with bio-toilets. This includes 4536 conventional coaches and 1392 LHB coaches.

Further, IR has planned to supplement the existing Bio Toilet system with Vacuum flushing system toilet (Bio-Vacuum Toilets), which substantially reduces the requirement of water for flushing, while ensuring effective flushing of fecal matter from the pans. Indian Railways have provided Bio Vacuum Toilet in total 1,372 LHB coaches and it has been decided to provide Bio Vacuum Toilets in AC LHB Coaches. Sanctions for 8,500 coaches are also available

Installation Of Automatic Coach Washing Plant (ACWP) to Save Water

This aims to provide infrastructure for major coaching depots for exterior cleaning of trains with substantial reduction in water consumption and saving in man power. Automatic Coach Washing Plants (ACWP) are now being installed at major depots. Exterior cleaning of coaches is done while placing the rake o­n washing lines (pit lines) through ACWP. ACWPs not o­nly clean the exterior of coaches more effectively and efficiently, they also reduce the direct water requirement by avoiding wastage. These also come with water recycling facilities thereby further reducing water requirements.

The details of ACWP in Indian Railways are hereunder:

Location Identified


Location installed


No. of Locations for which PO issued by COFMOW


Locations for which work awarded by Railways


Locations under the stage of work before award


Locations for which work has been sanctioned


Locations under process for sanction


Further, work is under process to get these plants installed at 69 additional locations in addition to already installed at 29 Locations across IR.

Advantages of ACWP

Normal Water consumption without ACWP - 1500 litres per coach

Water consumption for cleaning with ACWP - 300 litres per coach o­nly.

Recycled water use - 80% (240 litres)

Fresh water additional required - 20%( 60 litres)

Net water requirement per coach - 60 litres. Net saving in water consumption with ACWP - 96% reduction in water consumption.

Estimated annual savings of water- 1.28 Crore Kilolitres

In Southern Railway, sanction has been accorded for setting up Automatic Coaching Washing Plants at Tambaram, Ernakulam, Kochuveli, Nagercoil, Tiruchchirappalli and at EMU Car Sheds at Avadi & Tambaram. They are under various stages of execution.

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