The rail network is fully electrified in another state after Uttar Pradesh, India’s target is till 2030
Indian Railways: The territory of Uttarakhand state comes under the jurisdiction of Northern and North Eastern Railways. Some major railway stations of Uttarakhand are Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Rishikesh, Kathgodam, and Tanakpur.
Indian Rail Network: Indian Railways is working in mission mode to become a completely green railway. Under this, the railway has achieved a big achievement in Uttarakhand. Railways have set a target of becoming a net zero carbon emitter before 2030. Indian Railways has achieved another important milestone recently after the completion of the electrification of railways in Uttar Pradesh. Indian Railways has also completed the electrification work in Uttarakhand. The existing broad gauge network of Uttarakhand is 347 route kilometres, which has been 100 per cent electrified. As a result, the cost of transportation has been reduced by about 2.5 times. In addition, increased carrying capacity increased sectional capacity, reduction in operation and maintenance cost of electric locos, and energy-efficient and eco-friendly mode of transport due to less dependence on imported crude has resulted in savings of foreign exchange.
The Indian Railways network plays a critical role in the country’s economy, connecting people and goods across the country and supporting industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The network offers a range of passenger and freight services, including long-distance and suburban rail services, as well as specialized services such as luxury trains.
While the network is extensive, it also faces a range of challenges, including ageing infrastructure, overcrowding, and safety concerns. In recent years, the government has made efforts to modernize and improve the network, with investments in new technology, electrification, and safety measures. For example, the government has set a target to electrify the entire railway network by 2023, which is expected to lead to significant improvements in efficiency, reliability, and sustainability.
Overall, the Indian Railways network is a critical part of the country’s infrastructure and plays a key role in supporting economic growth and development.
The facility will also be available at these special stations
The territory of the state of Uttarakhand comes under the jurisdiction of the Northern and North Eastern Railways. Some major railway stations of Uttarakhand are Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Rishikesh, Kathgodam, and Tanakpur. Some of these have religious importance while some are places of tourist attraction. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Hemkund Sahib, Mussoorie, Nainital, Jim Corbett and Haridwar to name a few. Kathgodam station is an important station due to the annual arrival of about 7 lakh passengers, which serves as a terminating station for entry into the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The first train arrived at this station on 24 April 1884.
These are famous trains
Some of the prestigious trains in the state of Uttarakhand include Nanda Devi, Haridwar Express, Mussoorie Express, Utkal Express, Kumaon Express, Doon Express and Shatabdi Express. These trains provide convenient connectivity to different parts of the state and other major cities of India, which greatly helps the tourism business of the state. Also, from Rishikesh to Karnprayag, a new line is under construction, which will be another landmark achievement of Indian Railways, making the Char Dham pilgrimage route easier for Indian Railways. As per the policy of a 100% electrified network of Railways, this route has been approved with electrification.