Freight trains conquer above 90 km/h speed on newly inaugurated Khurja- New Bhaupur section of EDFC

Resulting faster delivery of goods and reduced freight costs, freight trains have started to attain top speed of above 90 km/h on newly inaugurated New Khurja- New Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 351 km Khurja- New Bhaupur section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor on December 29, 2020. Meeting the objectives, the new section is witnessing seamless transportation of major freight commodities at a speed above 90 kmph on this newly inaugurated section. Till January 3, 2021, a total of 53 trains were operated. Of these trains, 32 trains ran between New Khurja and New Bhaupur (down direction) at the highest total speed of 83.70 km per hour. While in the up direction, between New Bhaupur and New Khurja, as many as 21 trains were operated at a maximum speed of 85.98 km per hour.
After the commissioning of this new section, coal, jute, petroleum, container, iron & steel and other minerals are primary commodities moving towards NCR and Punjab & Haryana area whereas rice, wheat and food grain products from Punjab and Haryana area, fertilizer, steel, coal loadable empty wagons etc are moving towards eastern India.
In the first phase, DFCCIL is constructing the Western DFC (1504 Route km) and Eastern DFC (1856 route km including PPP section of Sonnagar-Dankuni Section. The EDFC starting from Sahnewal near Ludhiana (Punjab) will pass through the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal. The Western Corridor connecting Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai will traverse through the states of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra of WDFC & EDFC (excluding the Sonnagar – Dankuni PPP section) i.e. 2800 route Km will be commissioned by June 2022.