DFC Update: First trial run of Double Stack Container train conducted from Mundra port to CONCOR MMLP, Kathuwas

The first trial run of the Double Stack Container train from Mundra port, Gujarat to CONCOR (Container Corporation of India Ltd.) Multi Model Logistic Park (MMLP), Kathuwas was completed recently after completion of track linking between New Palanpur to New Kishanganj.

  • The rake contained 178 containers with 5 destined for New Kathuwas in Rajasthan (NCR), 78 for Dhandari Kalan railway station in Ludhiana, Punjab,  90 for Dadri (NCR) in Uttar Pradesh,  5 for Panitola Railway station in Assam respectively.
  • This will lead to improved connectivity with more efficient movement of freight & enhance logistics facilitation between ports in Gujarat with other parts of the country.
  • All ports of Gujarat – Pipavav, Kandla, Mundra, Hazira and Dahej will have faster connectivity with North and North East India.

About DFC projects:

  • DFCCIL has been set up as a special purpose vehicle to undertake planning, development, mobilization of financial resources, construction, maintenance and operation of Dedicated Freight Corridors.
  • In the first phase, the organisation is constructing the Western DFC (1506 Route km) and Eastern DFC (1875 route km including PPP section of Sonnagar-Dankuni Section.
  • The EDFC starting from Sahnewal near Ludhiana (Punjab) will pass through the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal.
  • The Western Corridor connecting Dadri in Uttar  Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai will traverse through the states of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra of WDFC & EDFC.

Project Achievements:

  • WDFC’s 306 km Rewari -Madar section was dedicated to the nation on 07.01.2021.
  • Trial run of 369 km of WDFC between New Palanpur to New Kishangarh has been done.
  • EDFC’s 351 km New Bhaupur-New Khurja section and the Operation Control Centre at Prayagraj were dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble PM on 29.12.2020.
  • A total of approx. 2800 route Km of the whole WDFC and EDFC (excluding the Sonnagar–Dankuni PPP section) will be commissioned by June 2022.

Main objectives:

  • Decongest the existing Indian Railway network.
  • Increase the average speed of goods trains from existing 25 to 70 kmph.
  • Run Heavy Haul trains (higher axle load of 25/32.5 Tonne) & overall load of 13,000 Tonne.
  • Facilitate the running of longer (1.5km) and double stack container trains.
  • Connect the existing ports and industrial areas for faster movement of goods.
  • Energy efficient and environment friendly rail transport system as per global standards.
  • Increase the rail share from existing 30% to 45%.
  • Reduce the logistic cost of transportation

Innovations and State-of-the-art Technology:

  • Heavy and long Haul train operation of 25 Axle ton with provision of 32.5 Ton axle load for the First time in India.
  • Double stack containers in Western DFC.
  • Double line electric (2 X 25 KV) track to undertake higher haulage at higher speeds.
  • Automated New Track Construction (NTC) machine which can lay track at the speed of 1.5 km per day.
  • Automated Wiring train for Overhead Equipment Work (OHE) capable of wiring upto 3 km per shift.
  • Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) for safe and efficient operation.
  • Elimination of road level crossing
  • Developing Multi Modal Logistic Hubs and integration with Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor & Amritsar-Kolkata Industrial corridor.

Source: DFCCIL-Update