On 29th Decembr, 2020, PM Modi inaugurated the New Bhaupur- New Khurja section and the Operation Control Centre of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor today through video conference.
Here is all you need to know about it.
Union Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed happiness on seeing the modern rail infrastructure project getting implemented on the ground.
Key takeaways from PM’s speech
-He said “today when the first goods train runs in the Khurja Bhaupur freight corridor we can hear the roar of the Self reliant India (Atma Nirbhar Bharat). He said Prayagraj Operation Control centre is one of the modern control centres and a symbol of the new strength of the new India.
-He also highlighted that Infrastructure is the biggest source of any nation’s strength and that India is moving fast towards the path of becoming a big economic power.
-He said the Government is working on every aspect of modern connectivity for the last six years with this in mind. He said the Government is focussing on the five wheels of highways, railways, airways, waterways and i-ways. He said today’s inauguration of a large section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is a big step in this direction.
-The Prime Minister stressed on the need for these dedicated freight corridors. He said as the population grew, Economy grew, the demand on freight increased manifold. He said since both Passenger trains and Goods trains ply on the same track, the speed of the goods train is slow. He said when the speed of the goods train is slow, and there is interruption in place, obviously the cost of transportation will be high.
-He added being expensive, our products lose the competition in our markets of the country as well as abroad. He said the Dedicated Freight Corridor was planned to change this situation.
-Initially 2 Dedicated Freight Corridors were planned. Eastern dedicated Freight corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni. This route has coal mines, Thermal power plants and industrial cities. Feeder routes are also being made for these. Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to Dadri. In this corridor, ports like Mundra, Kandla, Pipavav, Dawri and Hazira would be served through feeder routes.
-He said the Industrial corridor of Delhi-Mumbai and Amritsar-Kolkata are being developed around both these Freight Corridor. He said similarly North to south and East to west Corridors are also being planned.
-The Prime Minister said with such dedicated freight corridors problems of delayed passenger trains would be resolved. Due to this speed of the freight train also would increase 3 times and would be able to carry double the volume of goods.
-He added when goods trains arrive on time the cost of our Logistics Network would be cheaper. When our goods will be cheaper, it would benefit our exports.
-He said it would create a better atmosphere, Ease of Doing business would increase and India would become an attractive place to invest and many new opportunities for self-employment will also be created.
-The Prime Minister said Industry, businessmen, farmers or consumers, everyone is going to benefit from this dedicated freight corridor. He said the freight corridor will boost the eastern india which is left behind industrially.
-He said about 60 percent of the corridor falls in UP. It would attract a lot of industries towards UP. He said Kisan Rail would be benefited due to this dedicated freight corridor. Farmers can send their produce through rail to any big markets across the country, safely and at a low price.
-Now through this Freight corridor their produce would reach even faster. In Uttar Pradesh a lot of Storage and cold storage facilities have come up due to Kisan Rail.
-The Prime Minister said reforms have been undertaken at every level in the railways like Cleanliness, improved food and drink and other facilities. He said similarly a major achievement in the field of self sufficiency is made in railway related manufacturing.
-He said India is now building modern trains and also exporting, Varanasi is becoming a major centre for Electric Locomotives, Rail Coaches manufactured in Rae Bareli are now exported abroad.
About Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC)
The EDFC which is envisioned over a route of 1856 km starts from Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab and will traverse through the Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, terminating at Dankuni in West Bengal.
It is being constructed by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL). DFCCIL has specially been set up to build and operate Dedicated Freight Corridors.
DFCCIL is also constructing the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor which is envisioned over a route of 1504 route km, connecting Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai and will traverse through the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Purpose of the Dedicated Freight Corridor
-To reduce transportation cost
-To connect ports with industrial areas
-To facilitate heavy haul trains & double-stack containers
-To increase rail share in goods transport to 45%
Details of the New Bhaupur- New Khurja section
It is 351 km long and is situated in Uttar Pradesh.
New Bhaupur- New Khurja section of EDFC is built at a cost of Rs. 5,750 crores.
The section will open opportunities for the local industries such as aluminium industry (Pukhrayan region of Kanpur Dehat district), dairy sector (Auraiya district), textile production/block printing (Etawah district), glassware industry (Firozabad district), pottery products (Khurja of Bulandshahr district), asafoetida or ‘hing’ production (Hathras district) and locks and hardware (Aligarh district).
It will also decongest the existing Kanpur-Delhi mainline, enabling Indian Railways to run faster trains.
The Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh which is made using the state-of-the-art technology will act as the command centre for the entire route length of the EDFC.
With this corridor, the average speed of goods trains will increase from 25-30 kmph to 60-70 kmph.
The corridor will enhance the transportation of items such as coal, iron, steel, food grains and so forth from Northern India to Eastern and North-Eastern India.
The new corridor will facilitate the farmers of Aligarh, Khuja, Firozabad, Agra and Bhaupur to pan-India markets.
The new corridor consists of 19 major bridges, 419 minor bridges, 7 rail flyovers to avoid detention to either road or rail traffic.