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Diesel locomotives will soon be discarded; railways prefers safety proof Japanese Technology, not cheaper Chinese technology

Diesel-run trains will soon become history in India and will be phased out, railway minister Piyush Goyal said.  The railways will prefer safety proof Japanese technology rather than go in for cheaper Chinese technology in building high speed net works, the minister said while addressing a function in the national capital on November 21.

China had offered to build a high speed train network between Delhi and Chennai three years ago but the project has been put on deep freeze.

Phasing out diesel locomotives and replacing them with electric engines will help the country reduce carbon emissions and the railways save fuel bill to the tune of Rs 10,500 crore annually, he said.

We don’t want to burden our passengers and freight customers by raising costs. Through bringing efficiency in the existing system, we can reduce operational costs and provide better services to our users,” Goyal said at a Ficci event in Delhi. The railways will be using diesel locomotives only as a backup arrangement he said

The Railways have fast-tracked plans to have a 100 per cent electrified rail network in the country in the next few years. The national transporter is targeting to electrify the remaining 30,000 kilometres of rail lines in the next four years, at an expected cost of Rs 30,000-35,000 crore.

The government is targeting to build an 11,000-km-long high-speed network, the minister said. “We have identified routes where most of the traffic moves. We’ll work on a plan to convert these routes into high speed. Because of the large scale size of the projects, the cost of construction of bullet-train corridors will also reduce, he said.

The Minister said the railways would like to continue with the accident-free Japanese high-speed train technology, instead of going in for Cheaper Chinese technology. On using renewable energy for railway operations, he said vacant land of railways would be turned into solar parks soon.


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