Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the ‘New Bhaupur – New Khurja section’ of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) built by Tata Projects Limited, one of India’s fastest growing and most admired infrastructure companies.
Constructed as per international standards, the New Bhaupur – New Khurja section of EDFC can carry 35-tonne axle loads which is much higher than the current 25 tonne axle load tracks. The new EDFC tracks are built with the ability to run freight trains at speed of 100-km/hr (current average speed of freight trains is 25 km/hr). In India, for the first time, modern track laying machines were used by Tata Projects for laying these tracks.
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 aluminium 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 main line and will enable Indian Railways to run faster trains.
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’.