Indian Railways’ Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project is ready for the first trial on a limited section of its western arm from August 15. A freight train with containers will run on the 192 km Ateli (Haryana)-Phulera (Rajasthan) section of the Western DFC on I-Day.
The train will be hauled by a diesel locomotive, though both the Eastern and Western DFCs are expected to be fully electrified. A senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project told, “Diesel locos will be used only for trial purposes as the electrification of the track is in progress,” expressing optimism that the corridors will be fully electrified by the time of commissioning in March 2020.
The Western DFC will reportedly cover 1,504 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Navi Mumbai to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh through Vadodara-Ahmedabad-Palanpur-Phulera-Rewari. The Eastern DFC, however, covers 1,856 km from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni, near Kolkata in West Bengal, and will traverse the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Once completed, the DFC is expected to add to the Indian economy in future with an increased number of freight trains in eastern and western sectors of the country. Read More
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