Railway Electrification / CORE
CORE - Central Organisation for Railway Electrification was set up in 1979 under the Ministry of Railways.
Hqrs - Allahabad
Officers - 300 (Approx) and Staff -3700 (Approx) -- Total - 4000 (Approx)
Object: Electrification of Railway Tracks over IR. To reduce the Nation’s dependence on imported petroleum-based energy i.e., Diesel, and to enhance the country’s energy security, with a vision of providing an eco-friendly, faster, and energy-efficient mode of transportation.
Target by 2022-23 - 100% electrification of all Broad Gauge routes.
As of 01.04.2022 position - Indian Railways Network - in Route Kilo Meters (RKMs)
80 % of Broad Gauge is electrified.
Fast Growth in Electrification after Independence - In RKMs
03.02.1925 - First Electric train - Bombay VT and Kurla Harbour - 1500 Volt DC (Direct Current)
1957 - Adopted 25 kV system in place of 1500 Volt DC
1961 year - First Electric Loco (1500 V Dc) named "Lokamanya" rolled out from CLW, Varanasi
Reduce dependence on imported petroleum-based fuels i.e., Diesel
Saving in Foreign exchange
Reduce diesel consumption by 283 Crores liters per annum
Faster and environment friendly.
Reduces LHC - Line Haul Cost
Increased sectional capacity by 18% due to higher average speed
Reducing operating and maintenance costs.