Western Dedicated Freight Corridor
Overview
Status630 km - Operational 874 km - Under construction
OwnerIndian Railways
LocaleDelhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra
TerminiNorth: Dadri, Uttar Pradesh
South: JNPT, Navi Mumbai
Service
TypeFreight rail
SystemIndian Railways
Operator(s)DFCCIL
Technical
Line length1,504 km (935 mi)
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Indian broad gauge
Route map
Western Dedicated
Freight Corridor
Dadri
Prithala
Tughlakabad
Rewari
Narnaul
Sri Madhopur
Ringas
Phulera
for Jaipur
Ajmer
Marwar
Iqbalgarh
Palanpur
Mahesana
Amli Road
for Ahmedabad
Makarpura
for Vadodara
Sachin
for Surat
Vasai Road
Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Western Dedicated Freight Corridor or Western DFC is a 1,504 km long, under-construction broad gauge freight corridor in India. It will connect Dadri in Uttar Pradesh (near Delhi) with Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. This corridor is being built by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, and would be electrified with double-line operation. Western DFC entails a new single-line branch from Prithla in Palwal to Tughlakabad in Delhi, running parallel to existing New DelhiFaridabadPalwal railway line.

Western DFC is exclusively for transporting freight at higher speed with increased load-carrying capacity. Main freight includes fertilizers, food grains, salt, coal, iron, steel and cement. It uses Flash Butt Welded head-hardened (HH) 250 metre long rails with axle load capacity of 25t on tracks and 32.5t on bridges compared to the existing 22.9t to 25t axle load used on Indian Railway tracks.

The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (Eastern DFC) has a 46 km long branch line, that connects Khurja in Bulandshahr district on Eastern DFC with Dadri in Gautam Buddha Nagar district on the Western DFC. The Western DFC along with the Delhi–Mumbai Expressway, will be a vital backbone of the Delhi–Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

About DFC

The Government of India established the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) on 30 October 2006 to undertake construction of this project.[1] India's first 2 DFCs, Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (Eastern DFC) from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal, via Khurja are aimed at decongesting the railway network by moving 70% of India's goods train to these two corridors. As of August 2021, both DFCs are on track for completion by June 2022.[2]

Route

The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (Western DFC) will begin at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh (near Delhi) covering a new patch of railway line between Dadri - Rewari and then will run parallel to existing railway line via Narnaul, Sri Madhopur and Reengus (Sikar). The other important station will be Phulera and Marwar Junction in Rajasthan, Palanpur, Amli Road (Sabarmati), Makarpura (Vadodara), Gothangam/ Kosad in Gujarat and Vasai Road in Maharashtra before it terminates at JNPT (Nhava Sheva Port) in Maharashtra's Raigad district.[1]

Western DFC
State Distance Covered
Haryana 177
Rajasthan 567
Gujarat 565
Maharashtra 177
Uttar Pradesh 18
Total 1504[3]

Construction

The DFCCIL has divided the construction work of the Western DFC into 5 section for contracting purposes.[4] The 141 km long DadriRewari section also includes Prithla–Tughlakabad branch line.

Western DFC
Section Distance Route Status Project contractor Completion Date
DadriRewari 141 Dadri-Prithla-Sohna-Rewari (Branch line: Prithla-Tughlakabad) Under construction L&T-Sojitz consortium[5] 2022 March
Rewari-Palanpur 630 Rewari-Phulera (near Jaipur)-Ajmer-Marwar-Palanpur Operational L&T-Sojitz consortium 2021 March
Palanpur-Vadodara 304 Palanpur-Mehsana-Amli Road (near Ahmedabad)-Vadodara Under construction L&T-Sojitz-Gayatri Projects consortium 2021 September
VadodaraSachin 163 Vadodara-Sachin (near Surat) Under construction Mitsui-IRCON-Tata Projects consortium[6] 2022 June
SachinJNPT 265 Sachin (near Surat)-Valsad-Vasai Road-Jawaharlal Nehru Port Under construction Mitsui-IRCON-Tata Projects consortium[6] 2022 June
Total 1,504

Status updates

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, India, Railway-technology.com.
  2. ^ Railways' two big ticket projects DFC, bullet train on track despite lockdown: Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav. Economic Times, 6 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Website".
  4. ^ Das, Mamuni (3 April 2013). "Rlys' reluctance to cede control delays $1-billion World Bank loan". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ Tandon, Shubhra (8 August 2016). "Larsen & Toubro set to win Rs 4,000 cr western dedicated freight corridor project". The Financial Express.
  6. ^ a b Kumar, V Rishi (5 January 2016). "Mitsui-led consortium starts work on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor Project". The Hindu Business Line.
  7. ^ Bhargava, Yuthika (4 September 2018). "Ateli enters history on a freight train" – via www.thehindu.com.
  8. ^ DFCCIL launches trial run
  9. ^ "Palanpur-Madar DFC section opened". The Times of India. 1 April 2021.