February 6, 2020 / 5:45 AM / 16 days ago

India plans to fully electrify rail network in the next 4/5 years

FILE PHOTO: Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Railways and Minister of Commerce and Industry, attends a session at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hopes to electrify its entire railway track in the next 4-5 years, railway minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday, as part of the network’s efforts to cut its carbon footprint.

Goyal said currently 55% of the railway network uses electricity while the remainder is on diesel.

He said solar power generation capacity of 20 GW will be installed by 2030 for railways.

Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Writing by Aftab Ahmad; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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