Feb 9, 2012

Give highest priority to Dedicated Freight Corridor project, PMO tells Ministries

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has directed Central Ministries to accord highest priority to the Dedicated Freight Corridor Project. The Rs 1 lakh crore project aims to connect a land mass of 3,300 kilometers in the country.
Dr Singh also urged the States to give the project highest priority. In a meeting held in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the States agreed to constitute a monitoring committee, which will resolve issues related to the project, especially land acquisition, in an expeditious manner, a statement issued by the PMO said.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Cooperation India Limited (DFCCIL), the nodal authority, will be overseeing the progress of work with the targeted project completion date being March 2017. The authority disclosed that 67 per cent of the land acquisition has been completed through the Railway Amendment Act 2008, and as of now, the project was, by and large, on target.
The PMO, too, will closely monitor the project’s progress so that necessary action is taken in a time-bound manner.
The project has been designed to be built into two corridors. The 1,499-km Western Corridor will start from Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Mumbai. It will connect Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra with an exclusive high-speed railway track. A major part of this corridor will be funded by the Japanese.
The 1,839-km Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal will pass through States such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Nearly two-third of this corridor will be built with World Bank assistance. The Sonnagar-Dankuni section will be executed on public-private partnership mode. Indian Railways is also investing a substantial amount in the project.
Source - The Hindu

Indian Railways to build industrial rail corridor in Chhattisgarh

The Indian Railways would construct an industrial rail corridor to improve transportation from the tracks in the mineral rich states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
The industrial rail corridor would be build with an estimated cost of Rs 40,000 crore. “The rail minister, Dinesh Trivedi on Wednesday gave his consent to go ahead with the project at a high level meeting convened here to review of progress of rail infrastructure,” a top state government told Business Standard.
The senior rail officials have been asked to take up the project on priority and constitute a committee to study the feasibility and prepare the work plan. The committee has been asked to submit the preliminary report within one week. The stipuated period of the project would be nearly 10 years, the officials said.
The issue of industrial rail corridor was raised by the state government during the review meeting. The state officials briefed the rail minister about the project and said on completion, it would double the freight revenue earned by the railways in the section. Trivedi gave his consent for the project and asked the officials to start the work.
The state officials said that the proposed industrial rail corridor would pass through the pockets that have more than two dozens coal blocks. The corridor would connect Raigarh district with Lohardaga district in Jharkhand. Both the pockets have been endowed with high class coal deposits. The corridor would also connect the Northern part of Chhattisgarh that had also been gifted with rich coal deposits.
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New energy-efficient loco introduced for high speed trains

NAGPUR: The Nagpur division of Central Railway has introduced a new electric locomotive 'WAP 7', a high speed engine indigenously developed by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, which is capable of hauling trains at speeds ranging between 140-160 km per hour.

The Nagpur division authorities were making efforts since last four months to get the new locomotive and their efforts bore fruit with Railway Board alloting one WAP7 loco being used in Hyderabad-Nizamuddin Dakshin Express from February 2, a release from Nagpur division of Central Railway said today.

The Sampark Kranti Express is also expected to get WAP 7 in next one month. The Nagpur division also planning to switch over to WAP 7 locos in Indore Trishatabdi Express and Nagpur-Indore weekly Express.

The requirement of banker engine in ghat section between Nagpur and Itarsi is eliminated, resulting in saving of 10 minutes time as well as saving electrical energy about 700 units per train while descending the ghat. It will also save the banker engine use and energy. Due to high acceleration the punctuality is maintained in division.

With a maximum speed rating of 180 km/h, the WAP-7 boasts of the most phenomenal acceleration figures while hauling mail/express trains.

The WAP-7 can also haul loads of 24-26 passenger coaches at a speed of 110 plus km per hour. It is also known to haul 16 heavyweight Air Conditioned coaches. At a trial conducted by Indian Railways, it clocked a speed of 177 km/h. It is the most successful passenger locomotive in the Indian Railways portfolio after the WAP-4. It is used to haul premium trains like the Rajdhani Express and the Shatabdi Express apart from other regular mail/express trains.

As of now, 300 WAG 9, WAP 7 and WAP 5 locos running on the network annually save about 100 million units of energy, saving 105 tonnes of CO2 per annum, the release added.

Source - economic times
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