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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.