The Union Minister for Railways, Piyush Goyal, on October 4, said, the Indian Railways has embarked on a massive electrification drive and by 2023, the country will have the world’s largest 100 per cent clean energy-driven rail transport system. Adding on the electrification of the railways, he said many works to set up an infrastructure for generating 20,000 MW of renewable energy is underway. Post completion of these works, the railways will fetch power from these sources for its operations.
The minister made his statement in Kolkata while inaugurating an underground metro station of the city East-West Metro corridor. Goyal further said that the world is a witness to India’s thrust towards environment-friendly modes of transport and this project will prove to be a significant step in the Centre’s initiatives to build a green nation.