Freight Corridor: Bhaupur-Khurja stretch to be operational by Dec
Tundla/Agra: If all goes as per the plan, the 340-km stretch of Bhaupur-Khurja patch on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor would be operational by December end.
While talking to Millennium Post during an inspection of the project by the World Bank (South Asian Region) Vice President Hartwig Schafer at the site visit near Tundla in Uttar Pradesh, DFCC Managing Director AK Sachan said, "The work is in full swing and we are very much sure that this stretch would be commissioned by December end."
Sachan further said that after Bhaupur-Khurja stretch, we are very confident of completing the Rewari-Marwar (452 km) stretch on the western DFC in February 2019.
The World Bank representative also expressed his happiness over the pace of work and termed the DFCC a fantastic project. Schafer and Sachan, along with other officials of the DFCC and Word Bank, inspected the ongoing mechanised track laying work at the stretch on Sunday through track inspection wagon.
Notably, the World Bank is partly funding the dedicated freight corridor project.
"This is a fantastic project and we are happy that the World Bank is a little part of this great initiate by the government of India and for the people of India. The innovative technology used by DFCC will help new generation freight movement in the country from point A to point B. The project is climate-smart and will reduce carbon emissions and also unclog the roads ultimately adding up to the growth of the country's economy. I once again appreciate this fantastic project," Schafer told Millennium Post on board the track inspection vehicle.
Explaining about the use of advanced machines for track laying, Rajesh Khare, DGM (CC), said, "It's for the first
time in Indian Railways history that DFCC is using most advanced machines. The New Track Construction (NTC) machines can lay around 2.5 km railway tracks in a day, while mechanised OHE machines can lay around 6 km electrical cables in a day."
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) is a special purpose vehicle of Railways Ministry.