Commercial trial run on a stretch in Western Corridor begins
Jaipur, Dec 30 (KNN) The 300-km+ section between Rewari, Haryana to Madar, Rajasthan is now open for commercial trial runs. The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd. (DFCCIL) opened the stretch, which will benefit various industries in Rewari, Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh areas of Rajasthan and Haryana.
This is the first section to be opened on the under-construction 1,500-km western freight corridor.
The newly opened section covering a total of 664 track km has been constructed at a cost of almost Rs 4,000 crore (excluding land charges).
According to some reports, by March 2020, over 650 km of the section between Rewari and Palanpur in Gujarat will be opened for commercial operations.
The dedicated corridor will attract about 80% of the freight train movements and result into a much faster movement of goods trains, vacating track space for passenger trains.
The 1,504-km western freight corridor begins at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and stretches till the country’s largest container port — Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, near Mumbai — passing through U.P., Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
DFCCIL is a special purpose vehicle tasked with planning and completion of 3,306 kms of Dedicated Freight Corridors, consisting of western freight corridor and eastern freight corridor (1,856 kms). The total project cost is estimated at over Rs 81,000 crore.