N. Srinivas, an IRTS official (1989), in his presentation at the Eastern Railway headquarters, showed how the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) will change a game by both boosting the regional economy and making the entire operation more climate-friendly, by saving 457 million tons of CO2 and by enabling a quantum leap in faster transit of goods from major ports to industrial centers in the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), four sections namely Khurja – Bhaupur (351 km), Bhimsen – Chunar (327 km) , Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Jn – Sonnagar (137 km) & Khurja – Dadri (46 km) – a total of 861 km have already been put into operation.
DFC had a big impact as shippers like CONCOR and other big cement companies are expected to do more shipments. Initiatives such as installing solar photovoltaic panels on vacant lots along DFC routes and others are being taken.
The business development plan by DFC envisages many other strategies such as: B. Developing a small freight business and attracting unconventional freight transport, including a modal shift from road to rail through innovative products using the RO-RO/ToT model. In addition, DFC has the advantages of idle line capacity, high speed, and lower running costs.
DFC’s USPs for increasing cargo business are capacity, speed and quality of service. IT packaging, first-mile/last-mile service, e-commerce business aggregation, business generation through incentives, and encouraging local merchants to aggregate local products for rail shipment from nearby DFCCIL stations aim to generate revenue can also be achieved from non-conventional streams. Additionally, non-fare revenue has accrued from advertising rights to flyovers, RoBs, RuBs, station buildings/structures and dark fiber monetization. Renewable energies were also developed in the Landbank and the building roofs.
In addition, the DFC also uses the Dedicated Freight Information System (DFIS), an information system developed in-house. This application has multiple models and key performance indicators about WDFC and EDFC monitored by DFIS. The DFIS has the facilities for live train operation details, digital daily MIS reports, paperless station management, unusual incident reporting and impact analysis, digitization of key forms and authorities, squad management (PME and training details), business development data, analysis and planning & siding details, business development reports , loading/unloading reports and analysis as well as other important links and works.
DFIS can access actual freight trains running from IR’s COA application (via API) and based on algorithms embedded in DFIS freight train paths are predicted. Based on the expected time of arrival at the crew change point, the crew order is triggered by DFIS in the CMS. Similarly uncommonly associated with railway assets such as locomotives, wagons, crew, etc. are pushed into ICMS for proper asset performance monitoring.