Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) was set up in 1979 under the Ministry of Railways, at Allahabad. The responsibility entrusted was to carryout railway electrification over the entire network of Indian Railways.
The organization is headed by a General Manager. It has various project units namely: Ambala, Lucknow, Jaipur, Secunderabad, Chennai, Bhubaneshwar, Gorakhpur, New Jalpaigudi, Jabalpur and Danapur. These units are in the process of electrifying important Railway routes for harnessing maximum benefits from their traffic potential. As of now about 65.6% of freight and 50.4% of passenger traffic is hauled by electric traction on Indian Railways.
During 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) 2,667 Route Kilometer (RKM) of Railway Track has been energised against the target of 6500 RKM. As on 31.03.2014, total electrified RKM stands at 24,891. During the financial year 2013-14, 1,033 RKM has been energised on 2.2 kV and 596 RKM has been converted from 2.2 kV to 25 kV.