Dedicated freight corridor to bring down charges by 50%, likely to be operational by next year; DFCCIL to run 120 trains daily

Dedicated freight corridor to bring down charges by 50%, likely


Prayagraj/New Delhi: Dedicated freight corridor is envisioned to bring down the freight charges by 50 percent when it will grow to be operational in 2021, a prime DFCCIL formal has claimed.

The devoted freight corridor task is element of the Golden Quadrilateral connecting New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

The haulage costs on Focused Freight Corridor Company of India Ltd (DFCCIL) network will be 50 % lower in comparison to the freight tariff in the Indian Railways (IRs), DFCCIL MD Anurag Sachan instructed media throughout a two-day design site visit of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC).

 Dedicated freight corridor to bring down charges by 50%, likely to be operational by next year; DFCCIL to run 120 trains daily

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“We will be jogging all the trains at 100 kilometres per hour (kmph) on a totally automatic signal system, so the haulage costs compared to the IRs will be extremely significantly less. It will be 50 p.c. We will be running 120 trains each and every way a working day with whole carrying ability of 13,000 tonne. So, we will not enable this potential to be underutilised,” Sachan said.

The company is in talks with the Ministry of Railways that some element of lessen freight charges should really be passed on to the clients, he said.

Even so, he clarified that it will be on the regulatory physique for the sector to correct the rates.

“As so much capacity is remaining produced and so as per the concession arrangement with the Indian Railways, we will also permit personal players to appear and operate their own trains. There will be a regulatory physique, like in the formulated nations around the world, and there will be a non-discriminatory obtain to these non-public players to function. So, there will be a pretty truthful competitors involving non-public gamers and the Indian Railways.

“They will be on par. So, I am certain that with these varieties of transparency, the freight prices will occur down,” Sachan stated.

Notably, the bulk of merchandise is being carried by using roads in India as it is more quickly as very well as more affordable than the railways.

Over the past several decades considering the fact that 1950s, the Indian Railways has been getting rid of marketplace share to highway transportation due to the fact of inadequate infrastructure and bad companies.

As on day, 90 % of India’s passenger site visitors and 65 percent of its freight use highway transport and these shares are developing, as for every DFCCIL.

The company, a general public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, is at present engaged in constructing the EDFC and the Western Focused Freight Corridor (WDFC).

EDFC will deal with a length of about 1,800 kilometre involving Ludhiana to Kolkata, even though WDFC will ply between Dadri and JNPT port in Mumbai (1500 km).

The two corridors are anticipated to be accomplished by December 2021 and as soon as entirely operational they are anticipated to choose in excess of a bulk of freight website traffic from the Indian Railways and as a result assist in making the passenger targeted visitors extra economical and easy.

The two corridors with an envisioned charge of Rs 81,000 crore ($12 billion) are staying partly funded by the Planet Bank (eastern lane) and Japanese government’s expenditure arm JICA (western lane).

Sachan mentioned DFCCIL has used close to Rs 34,000 crore on this challenge in the past six a long time.

“The government has taken a priority for this task and the project is getting monitored by the Key Minister’s Workplace (PMO) and the Prime Minister himself…Environment Financial institution is also monitoring us. So, everybody is hoping that this undertaking should be finished as earliest as feasible,” he claimed.

The portions which have been finished alongside these corridors are currently getting operationalised for the automated working procedure.

The operation control centre (OCC) at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh will be the command centre for the full route of EDFC.

Geared up with first of its variety Built-in Prepare Management Technique (TMS) and Supervisory, Manage and Info Acquisition (SCADA) Process in India, it is designed on ICONIS (Integrated Regulate and Information and facts System) platform.

Sachan stated the corporation has prepared to the PMO to invite Primary Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate this handle centre when he visits Prayagraj afterwards this month.

This Centre hosts a 90-metre very long electronic wall with officers monitoring it on a 24×7 foundation to deal with the automatic items trains operating method.

Sachan also claimed that DFCCIL will get started study of the remaining corridors of the Golden Quadrilateral, and commence get the job done by the time the western and japanese corridors are finished by December 2021.

“The governing administration, immediately after looking at the progress on these two corridors, has determined that it is the suitable time that we should strategy to just take up the foreseeable future corridors so that by the time we finish these in two a long time, these corridors are also prepared for execution,” he explained.

Three more corridors are lined up — East Coastline corridor from Kharagpur to Vijaywada (about 1,000 kilometres) South-East to West corridor from Bhusawal to Dhankuni (around Kolkata) and North South sub-corridor from Vijaywada to Itarsi (in Madhya Pradesh).

The total duration of these a few corridors is about 4,000 kilometres.

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