PM Modi Flags Off Seven Special Freight Trains, Inaugurates Key Sections of DFC

In a significant stride towards bolstering India’s freight transportation infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate key sections of the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors (EDFC and WDFC) tomorrow. PM Modi will also flag off seven special freight trains from various stations along these corridors, marking a pivotal moment in the country’s logistics landscape.

Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) Milestone

Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the 401-kilometer-long New Khurja Junction to Sanhewal section of the EDFC, a crucial artery connecting major agricultural and industrial hubs across North India. This section, traversing through 12 districts in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab, promises to revolutionize freight transportation efficiency.

With a maximum train speed of 100 km/h, this section slashes the transit time for coal transportation from Eastern India to regional power plants by more than 40%. This reduction from 35 to less than 20 hours not only bolsters India’s power security but also curtails coal inventory costs by an impressive 20-30%. Additionally, the corridor expedites the movement of essential commodities, including food grains and fertilizers, fostering regional economic growth.

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Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) Advancements

Simultaneously, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the 244-kilometer-long New Makarpura Junction to New Gholvad section on the WDFC in Gujarat. This stretch, linking five districts, promises to enhance connectivity and efficiency in freight movement, particularly for perishable goods like milk, vegetables, and fruits.

With a maximum train speed of 100 km/h, the new section significantly reduces transit times, minimizing the risk of damages to goods and augmenting income for farmers and entrepreneurs. Furthermore, it facilitates faster movement of goods from landlocked states in the North to the ports of Western India, thereby enhancing the export-import scenario and bolstering trade.

State-of-the-Art Operation Control Centre (OCC)

In addition to inaugurating key sections, Prime Minister Modi will dedicate the state-of-the-art Operation Control Centre (OCC) for the WDFC in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This OCC serves as the nerve center for the 1506-kilometer-long Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, enabling real-time monitoring, control, and efficient planning of freight train operations.

Equipped with advanced technologies such as the Integrated Train Management System (TMS) and Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, the OCC ensures seamless coordination and optimization of freight transportation along the corridor.

DFC: Driving India’s Economic Growth

The inauguration of these key sections and the flagging off of special freight trains underscore the transformative impact of Dedicated Freight Corridors on India’s logistics landscape. With the ambitious goal of reducing logistics costs to less than 10% of GDP, as outlined in the National Logistics Policy, DFCs play a pivotal role in realizing India’s economic potential.

By augmenting rail infrastructure and optimizing freight movement, DFCs not only enhance efficiency and reduce transit times but also spur economic growth, foster trade, and generate employment opportunities. Moreover, with the shift of freight trains from Indian Railways tracks to DFC tracks, the capacity augmentation allows for the operation of more passenger trains, benefiting local communities.

As India strides towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and aims to emerge as a developed nation by 2047, the inauguration of these key sections and the operationalization of the OCC herald a new era of growth and prosperity fueled by a robust logistics ecosystem.

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