India’s first semi high speed freight train ‘Gati Shakti’ expected to start in December

To implement the PM Gati Shakti initiative, the Railways has created a different directorate at the Railway Board with its branches at Khurda, Bilaspur, Delhi and Bengaluru divisions.

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CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): India’s first semi-high speed freight train ‘Gati Shakti’ is expected to start by December, the officials informed. These trains will be manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai as well as these trains will have 16 coaches and can run at a speed of 160 kmph similar to the Vande Bharat Trains.

To implement the PM Gati Shakti initiative, the Railways has created a different directorate at the Railway Board with its branches at Khurda, Bilaspur, Delhi and Bengaluru divisions.

“The design work for these trains has already started. We have also given the order for material by December this year, we will be able to manufacture two of these trains,” ICF General Manager A K Agarwal said. “The final number of trains will depend on how the initial ones are received by the market,” he added.

As per the officials, by introducing these trains the Railways is planning to target the e-commerce and courier parcel services meanwhile every train will include refrigerated wagons in the rear end and in the front to carry perishables like milk products, fish, fruit and vegetables. Electricity connection for these trains will be provided by the coach. The rest of the coaches will have rollers for moving the container and each coach will have two doors for loading and unloading the containers.

74 new ‘Gati-Shakti Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal (GCT) locations have been selected by the Indian Railways across the country. This policy was introduced in 2021 with the aim to boost investment in the development of additional terminals for handling rail cargo.

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