Date of Post: 09 Aug, 2018
New Delhi: The ambitious Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project is finally gearing up for its first trial on a limited section of its western arm on ‘Independence Day’. A freight train with containers will run on the 192 km long Ateli-Phulera section of the Western DFC on August 15. However, the train will be hauled by a diesel locomotive.
- A senior official said,”Diesel locos will be used only for trial purposes as the electrification of the track is in progress.”
- The two DFC corridors will be fully electrified by the time of commissioning in March 2020.
- The Eastern DFC 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, while the Western DFC will cover 1,504 km from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Navi Mumbai to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh through Vadodara-Ahmedabad-Palanpur-Phulera-Rewari.
- on Ateli-Phulera route, there are 10 viaducts and major bridges, 127 minor bridges, 1 railway overbridge and 118 road under bridges and 6 stations.
- The DFC project aims for a faster run of freight trains with the permissible maximum speed of 100 kmph.
- This is expected to take average speeds up from the current 30 kmph to around 75 kmph.
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