The newly inaugurated New Khurja – New Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor have been witnessing freight trains running at a top speed of above 90 kmph. The newly attained speed at the corridor will result in faster delivery of goods and faster turnaround resulting in reduced freight costs.
This 351 km long section of the DFC, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 29th December last year, has witnessed 53 operational freight trains until 3rd January, 2021.
Since the commissioning of the New Khurja – New Bhaupur section of the DFC, Coal, Jute, Petroleum, Container, Iron & Steel and other minerals are the primary commodities that have been moving towards NCR and Punjab & Haryana area whereas Rice, Wheat and Foodgrain products from Punjab and Haryana area, Fertilizer, Steel, Coal loadable empty wagons etc are moving towards eastern India.
During the inaugural run, two freight trains were flagged off: 1.5 km Long Haul 9400 Gross Ton Train loaded with Foodgrain from Mullanpur & Faridkot of Ludhiana, Punjab between New Khurja and New Bhaupur and 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 top speed of 90 kmph.
The Eastern DFC 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. And, 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.