Prime News, National, Railways, New Delhi, January 7:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday (January 7) dedicated to the nation the 306-kilometre long new Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor. He also flagged off the world’s first double stack long haul 1.5-kilometre long container train hauled by electric traction from New Ateli -New Kishangarh through video conference.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said the dedicated freight corridor is being looked as a game-changer for India. After a lot of hard work in the last five to six years, it has come to fruition. He said that opening of this stretch will fuel the industries in Rewari, Mahendergarh, Ajmer and Seeker.
Modi said that it has opened the path for manufacturing units to reach the national and international markets at low cost. He said it would also boost the possibility of investment in the area.
The Prime Minister said that the corridor covers 135 stations, which will be developed as multi-model logistic hubs. He said that it will also help the village and small scale industries. Modi said that the corridor will contribute in the uplift of the economy.
Modi also said, a few days ago, India approved two ‘Made In India’ vaccines for COVID -19 instilling Indians with renewed self-confidence. He added that all these efforts and steps show the country is moving swiftly towards building a ‘self-reliant India.’
The New Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor is situated in Haryana and Rajasthan. It consists of nine newly built dedicated freight corridor stations which includes three junction stations in New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera. The opening of this stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari – Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh areas of Rajasthan and 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.
The double stack long haul container train operation which adds an enhanced axle load of 25 tonnes will maximise capacity utilisation. These wagons on a long-haul double stack container train on the western freight corridor can carry four times in terms of container units compared to the current traffic on Indian Railways.
These freight trains will run at the maximum speed of 100 km/per hour as against the current maximum speed of 75 km/per hour on the Indian Railway tracks.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar along with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal were present during the event. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)