The Northern Railway has completed the electrification work of 130 km section in Punjab and Haryana which will ensure that no more diesel locomotives are used in the stretch, officials said yesterday (Thursday, 16th July 2020).
The electrified lines include 62 km long Dhuri(Punjab)-Jakhal(Haryana) line and the 68 km Dhuri-Lehra Muhabbat single line in Ambala Division, a statement from the Northern Railways said.
The Dhuri-Jakhal section is part of the Ludhiana-Dhuri-Jakhal Railway line connecting Ludhiana in Punjab and Jakhal in Haryana. The Dhuri-Lehra Muhabbat section falls in the Rajpura-Bhatinda line and is significant as it will improve mobility.
“While we have electrified major routes on Northern Railways, there are patches where our trains get delayed because the electric locomotive has to be changed to diesel on them. With the electrification of these sections, it will be a seamless travel, there will be no delays and above all, it will save energy. This is a significant move of the railways towards 100 per cent electrification,” an official said.
Intensive inspections of the sections were carried out by the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety, Shailesh Kumar Pathak, using Motor Trolley. Later current collection tests and speed trials by electric locomotive were also done. The speed trial between Jakhal-Dhuri and Lehra Muhabbat-Dhuri sections with up to 120 km per hour was recorded successfully, the statement said.
The tests were done using Oliver-G technology which is a type of ‘over-head line’ inspection with video recording and GPS marking system for current collection. It is a highly reliable technology for ensuring spark free current collection. Several other structures like ROBs, RUBs, level crossings and FOBs on the line were also checked during the inspection. The CCRS also inspected the Railway stations and their amenities located on the sections.
Rajiv Chaudhry, General Manager Northern and North Central Railways said the CCRS expressed satisfaction over the electrification work done and has accorded approval for the use of the sections by Railways. The railway lines has been put to use and Northern Railway has started train operations on them.
As of now, more than 40,000 Route km (RKM) has been electrified, which is 63 per cent of broad gauge routes. During 2014-2020, 18,605 km has been electrified and the Railways has set a target of achieving electrification on 7000 RKM in 2020-21. All routes on BG network are planned to be electrified by December 2023.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic in which all passenger services remained suspended, the Railways commissioned 365 km route for electrification.