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No diesel-run trains in the national capital region from next year

In an yet another attempt to clear the air of the National capital from pollution, the Railway Ministry has set a one year deadline to stop the use of diesel loco hauled trains in the National capital region. Railway Minister Mr Piyush Goyal hailed the resolve of the Railway administration that no diesel hauled train would be permitted in the Delhi area by March 2019.

Mr.Goyal has lauded the initiative of Railways Electrical Engineering Department of converting Diesel Locomotives into Electric Locomotives, as part of the challenging target to achieve 100 per cent in the next few years.

He acknowledged that making of 279 Electric Locomotives by the Railways till 31st January 2018 counts among its significant achievements for the current financial year. The Minister said adoption of modern technology and innovative ideas can help Indian railways transform the future. He emphasized the need of transformation and change in work culture of Railway men. The Union Minister was speaking as the Chief Guest on the occasion of 7th Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers’ Day in New Delhi.

The Minister hailed the resolve of Member Traction, Railway Board that by March, 2019, no diesel loco hauled train would be permitted in Delhi area. He also urged Member Traction, Railway Board to reduce the cost of Electrification by using automation and modern technologies.

Chairman Railway board Ashwani Lohani, while announcing that the target of one hundred per cent electrification in the entire railway network will be achieved as per target said all Diesel locomotives will be converted into 10000/12000 HP Electric Locomotives as against 4500 HP. No equipment of the existing Diesel Locomotives will be allowed to go waste. 

To mark the special occasion the railway minister launched a mobile app on Tender Information system of CORE, Allahabad for public transparency. The new edition of news bulletin “GARVITA” was also released on the occasion. The Minister also inaugurated the exhibition especially mounted recapitulating the technological advancements of IR titled “BHARTIYA RAIL VIDYUT VIBHAG KE BARHTE KADAM”.

The Institution of Railway Electrical Engineers celebrates February 3 annually to commemorate the introduction of 1st Electric Train in 1925 on same day. IREE is a technical body of Railway Electrical Engineers under the auspices of Ministry of Railways. Member Traction, Railway Board is the Patron of the Institution.

The Institution is to disseminate and share the technical knowledge among the fraternity and industry regarding the available and new technology related to design, construction and maintenance of electrical assets.  The Present Membership of the Institution is more than 1650. The Institution has chapters at the headquarters of different Zonal Railways and Production Units.


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