Modi Inaugurates New Bhaupur-New Khurja Section of EDFC
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Modi Inaugurates New Bhaupur-New Khurja Section of EDFC

Modi Inaugurates New Bhaupur-New Khurja Section of EDFC

On December 29, 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new 351-km 'New Bhaupur- New Khurja section' of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL)-owned Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) at 11 AM via video conferencing. 

During the event, Prime Minister also inaugurated EDFC's Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad). Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, and Union Minister Piyush Goyal were also present on the occasion.

This section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) has been built by TATA Projects Limited, one of India's fastest-growing and most admired infrastructure companies.

The 351 km New Bhaupur - New Khurja section of EDFC is situated in Uttar Pradesh. The section will open new vistas of opportunity for the local industries such as the aluminum 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). The section will also decongest the existing Kanpur-Delhi mainline and will enable Indian Railways to run faster trains.

Image Attribute: New Khajua DFC Station / Source: TATA Projects

Image Attribute: The file photo of New Khurja DFC Station / Source: TATA Projects

A state-of-the-art Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj will act as the command centre for the entire route length of the EDFC. The OCC is one of the largest structures of its type globally, with modern interiors, ergonomic design, and best-in-class acoustics. The building is environment-friendly with a Green Building rating of GRIHA4 and is built as per norms of the 'Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan'.

Earlier on December 11, 2020, DFCCIL conducted successful trial runs of two fully-loaded freight trains on the Bhaupur-Khurja section of EDFC at a speed of 100 kmph. The trains were remotely flagged-off from both Khurja and Bhaupur by DFCCIL's outgoing MD R.N Singh along with newly-appointed MD Ravindra Kumar Jain in presence of Alstom India and South Asia MD Alain Spohr, and other Directors of DFCCIL. The train attained a peak speed of 100 kmph on this 343 km stretch, which is the only fully functional DFC in the country and has been executed by Alstom.

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