Freight Trains achieves top speed of above 90 kmph on New Khurja-New Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

In a game changing development, Freight Trains have started to attain top speeds of above 90 kmph on newly inaugurated New Khurja-New Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. Faster speeds would result in faster delivery of goods and faster turnaround reducing freight costs.

  • It may be noted that Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister had inaugurated the 351 Km New Khurja-New Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor on 29.12.2020. 
  • Meeting the objectives, the new section is witnessing seamless transportation of major freight commodities at a speed above 90 kmph on this newly inaugurated section. 
  • So far, 53 freight trains have been operated on this new section till 03rd January, 2021.
  • Till 03.01.21, Total Trains ran = 53
    • Between New Khurja – New Bhaupur (Down Direction) = 32
      • Best Speed achieved = 93.70 kmph
    • Between New Bhaupur – New Khurja (Up Direction) = 21
      • Best Speed achieved = 85.98 kmph
  • After the commissioning of this new section, Coal, Jute, Petroleum, Container, Iron & Steel and other minerals are primary commodities moving towards NCR and Punjab & Haryana area whereas Rice, Wheat and Food grain products from Punjab and Haryana area, Fertilizer, Steel, Coal loadable empty wagons etc are moving towards eastern India.
  • It is noteworthy that in the inaugural run, two freight trains were flagged off:
    • 1.5 KM Long Haul 9400 Gross Ton Train loaded with Food grain from Mullanpur & Faridkot of Ludhiana, Punjab between New Khurja and New Bhaupur
    • 1.5 KM Long Haul 10420 Gross Ton Train loaded with Power House Coal from Chruri Siding Ray, Ranchi, Jharkhand & Dudhichua Wharf Siding, Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh between New Bhaupur and New Khurja of DFC network. 
  • On the return journey after unloading, the above rake achieved a speed of 90 kmph over DFC.

About DFC:

  • In the first phase, DFCCIL is constructing the Western DFC (1504 Route km) and Eastern DFC (1856 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 (excluding the Sonnagar-Dankuni PPP section) i.e. 2800 route Km will be commissioned by June 2022.

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit: DFCCIL