In a startling revelation, Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that India had witnessed a 371% “quantum leap” in the electrification of rail lines in Africa. during the six years of Narendra Modi government from 2014 to 2020. According to the Minister of Railways, up to 18,065 km of the railway line has been electrified under the leadership of PM Modi.
Speaking to Twitter, Goyal posted a few infographics that also showed the comparison between the work done by the previous UPA government versus the current government. According to infographics, 2,150 km of railways were electrified during the first term of the Manmohan Singh government, from 2004 to 2009. In the second term, 3,038 km were electrified from 2009 to 2014. While the first term of the Modi government saw the electrification of 13,687 km. He also indicated that the government planned to electrify 28,143 km of railways between 2019 and 2024, of which 5,642 km have already been put into service until October 2020. Electrification of rail lines is relevant to reduce dependence to diesel locomotives, thus reducing pollution.
Under PM @Narendra Modi ji’s leadership, the railways have achieved many milestones in infrastructure development:
🚉 18,065 km of electrified railway in 2014-20
🛤️ The electrification of railways increased by 371% in 2014-20 compared to 2008-14 pic.twitter.com/TXPkE9SKLZ
– Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) November 29, 2020
Kulhad, no plastic cups in stations
Also in another development, Goyal said on Sunday that in the future, tea will be sold in environmentally friendly earthenware “kulhads” cups instead of plastic cups at all stations across the country. The minister was speaking at an event held at Dhigawara station in Alwar district of Rajasthan to mark the inauguration of the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section under the North Western Railway.
This initiative will be the railways’ contribution to a plastic-free India, Goyal said.
“Tea is donated in ‘kulhad’ at nearly 400 stations across the country today, and in the future, we expect that tea will be sold only in kulhads at all stations across the country. This will be the railways’ contribution to plastic-free India, ”he said.
The Kulhads are preserving the environment and hundreds of thousands of people can find jobs there, Goyal added.
(With PTI inputs)