The 306 km long Madar-Rewari section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Apart from this, PM Modi also flagged off the world’s first Double Stack Long Haul Container Train that is 1.5 kilometre long, between New Ateli and New Kishangarh. The New Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor is located in the states of Haryana (nearly 79 kilometres, in the districts of Mahendragarh and Rewari) and Rajasthan (nearly 227 kilometres, in the districts of Jaipur, Nagaur, Ajmer, Alwar, Sikar). It consists of nine newly built dedicated freight corridor stations.
The opening of this stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari – Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh areas of Rajasthan & Haryana and will also enable better usage of the container depot of CONCOR at Kathuwas. This section will also ensure seamless connectivity with the western ports of Kandla, Pipavav, Mundhra, and Dahej situated in Gujarat.
With the inauguration of this section, seamless connectivity between the WDFC and EDFC will be achieved. Earlier the 351-km New Bhaupur- New Khurja section of the EDFC was dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister on 29th December 2020.
Double Stack Long Haul Container Train Operation will have an enhanced axle load of 25 tons. It has been designed for DFCCIL by RDSO’s wagon department. Trial runs of BLCS-A and BLCS-B wagon prototypes have been completed. The design will maximize capacity utilization and uniform distributed and point loading. These wagons on a long-haul double stack container train on the WDFC can carry four times in terms of container units compared to the current traffic on Indian Railways.
DFCCIL will run freight trains at the maximum speed of 100 km/per hour as against the current maximum speed of 75 kmph on Indian Railway tracks whereas the average speed of freight trains will also be increased from existing speed of 26 kmph on Indian Railways lines to 70 kmph on DFC.