Acquisition Of Additional Electric Locomotives
Ministry of Railways has planned for 100% electrification of Broad Gauge (BG) Routes of Indian Railways. Consequent upon rapid pace of electrification, Indian Railways have taken up the task of converting some of its existing Diesel Locomotives into Electric Locomotives in a phased manner. Work related to conversion of 100 HHP Diesel Locomotives and 100 ALCO Diesel locomotives has been sanctioned under Pink Book 2018-19.
Production/acquisition of 2778 number of electric locomotives to cater to increased demand due to electrification has been planned during 2018-19 to 2021-22. Acquisition of locos is continuous process and production programme are issued according to the requirement arising out of increased electrification, condemnation of old locos etc.
Funds for acquisition of these locos are allocated on yearly basis in Annual Budget Estimates for material planning and future acquisitions. ₹ 5918.57 Crores have been allocated in Budget 2018-19.
This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.