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, Kolkota 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 65.4% of freight and 51.2% of passenger traffic is hauled by electric traction on Indian Railways.
During the first three years of 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), 5,772 Route Kilometer (RKM) of Railway Track has been electrified against the total target of 6500 RKM. As on 31.03.2016, total electrified RKM stands at 27,999. During the financial year 2015-16, 1,190 RKM has been electrified by CORE.