AHMEDABAD (Metro Rail News): The Prime Minister dedicated the all-new 77 km New Bhandu- New Sanand section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) to the nation on 30th October.
The PM underlined that it will further strengthen the connectivity of North Gujarat with major ports like Pipavav, Porbandar and Jamnagar. It will also strengthen the logistics and storage-related sector in North Gujarat, he said.
In the last nine years, the Prime Minister informed, approximately 2,500 km of Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors have been completed, leading to a reduced travel time for both passenger trains and goods trains. Owing to the completion of DFCs, nearly 60 goods trains have been shifted to this route to facilitate easy freight movement.
On the other hand, this has also increased the productivity of the passenger trains as the routes are no longer decked up.
There are 19 major bridges, 105 minor bridges, five rail flyovers, 81 road under bridges and six road over-bridges. The Road under bridges have been constructed in order to eliminate Level Crossings. The stretch has DoUble line electrified tracks for enhanced performance and speed in freight carriage.
The DFC has also achieved impressive average speeds, with the highest recorded at 99.82 Kmph. “The work of doubling of Katosan Road-Becharaji railway line and Viramgam-Samakhayali track, which has been done here, will also strengthen connectivity”, the PM added.
It has enabled operations of heavy & long haul trains of 25 tonnes axle load on bridges designed for 32.5 tonne axle load for the first time in India.
Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC):
The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor covers a distance of 1506 Kms divided into seven sections.
01. Dadri – Rewari (127 km)
02. Rewari – Madar (306 km)
03. Madar – Palanpur (353 Km)
04. Palanpur – Makarpura (290 Km)
05. Makarpura – Sachin (135 Km)
06. Sachin – Vaitarna (186 Km)
07. Vaitarna – JNPT (109 Km)
The First three sections have already been commissioned, and 87% of financial progress has already been achieved for the entire project. The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) links the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, and it is specifically engineered to accommodate heavy axle-load freight trains.
“The travel time of Ahmedabad-Delhi Rajdhani Express has been reduced by nearly one hour,” a senior official of DFCCIL said. It is going to increase the accessibility of easy means of transportation for business in the regions, thereby driving high profits and business opportunities.
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