The PM also flagged off the first double stack long haul 1.5 km long container train hauled by electric traction from new Ateli-Kishangarh during the event.
Moreover, since the launch of the new Bhaupur-Khurja section, average speed of the freight train has tripled in that particular section. The dedicated freight corridor will bring new opportunities especially to farmers, entrepreneurs and merchants of Rajasthan.
The western freight corridor will make farming and allied business in Haryana and Rajasthan easier and also impart new energy into cities like Mahendragarh, Jaipur, Ajmer and Sikar.
It will cover 133 railway stations in nine states. At these stations, there will be multi model logistic parks, freight terminal, container depot, container terminal, parcel hub.
The new section is situated in approximately 79 km in Mahendragarh and Rewari districts in Haryana and approximately 227 km in Jaipur, Ajmer, Sikar, Nagaur and Alwar districts in Rajasthan.
It consists of nine newly-built DFC stations in which six are crossing stations — New Dabla, New Bhagega, New Sri Madhopur, New PacharMalikpur, New Sakun and New Kishangarh — while the other three in New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera are junction stations.
The opening of this stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari-Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh areas of Rajasthan and Haryana and will also enable better usage of the container depot of CONCOR at Kathuwas.
The section will also ensure seamless connectivity with the western ports of Kandla, Pipavav, Mundhra, and Dahej situated in Gujarat. With the inauguration of this section, seamless connectivity between WDFC and EDFC will be achieved.
Double stack long haul container train operation will have an enhanced axle load of 25 tonne. It has been designed for DFCCIL by RDSO’s wagon department.
The trial runs of BLCS-A and BLCS-B wagon prototypes have been completed. The design will maximise capacity utilisation and uniform distributed and point loading.
These wagons on a long-haul double stack container train on WDFC can carry four times in terms of container units compared to the current traffic on the Indian Railways.
DFCCIL will run freight trains at the maximum speed of 100 km per hour as against the current maximum speed of 75 km per hour on the Indian Railway tracks whereas the average speed of freight trains will also be increased from the existing speed of 26 km per hour on the Indian Railways lines to 70 km per hour on DFC.