Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved electrification of remaining un-electrified broad gauge routes of Indian Railways.
Briefing media after Cabinet meeting in New Delhi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, with this a total of 13,675 kilometres of un-electrified routes will be electrified at a cost of 12,000 crore rupees.
He said, the decision will lead to significant benefits in the areas of safety, capacity, speed, energy security and sustainability in the railways.
He said, post electrification, railway is likely to save over 13 thousand and five hundred crore rupees per annum in fuel bill. It will generate direct employment of about 20.4 crore man-days during the period of construction.