DFCCIL commissions major rail lines in the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) opened the 27km Ahraura-Deen Dayal Upadhyay railway station section of the Eastern DFC on Thursday, providing a seamless connection between Sonnagar in Bihar and Sanand in Gujarat. The first train on the newly commissioned section was Lauf on Thursday.

“The completion of this critical section will provide a seamless connection from Sonnagar (Bihar) to Sanand (Gujarat) over a distance of 1,875 km. “This achievement represents a monumental achievement for the project as it paves the way for increased efficiency, reduced transit times and increased capacity for freight transportation,” DFCCIL said in a statement.

This connectivity now enables the transport of coal from coalfields in East India to power plants in North India exclusively via the Sonnagar to Dadri DFC (Dedicated Freight Corridor) route.

“Transportation time is expected to be cut in half as coal trains will completely bypass congested Indian Railways routes. This will result in a saving of about a day, which in turn reduces the throughput time of valuable rakes for coal transport,” the statement said.

It was also said that one of the main challenges in this work was the connection of the Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) railway station. This farm has 490 routes, 100 switches and seven lines. DDU is the largest rail freight terminal in Asia and presented the main bottleneck as connectivity was already completed at both ends of DDU and trains had to cross the DDU crossing.

The opening of the DFC line from Dagmagpur to Bhaupur (Kanpur) has already brought great relief to the railways. The punctuality of North Central Railway passenger trains has improved significantly as DFC shoulders the brunt of freight trains. Now, with the opening of Ahraura Road at DDU, punctuality will improve even further and the East Central Railway will also enjoy the benefits.

The DFC commissioning will also free up more time for the maintenance of severely congested railroad tracks, thereby improving the safety architecture over Indian Railways, the statement said.

The statement also said that the DFC had completed an 80km stretch of Shambhu
after Cream Whale (Ludhiana).

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