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Salient Features


Dedicated Freight Corridors are proposed to adopt world class and state-of-the-art technology. Significant improvement is proposed to be made in the existing carrying capacity by modifying basic design features. The permanent way will be constructed with significantly higher design features that will enable it to withstand heavier loads at higher speeds. Simultaneously, in order to optimize productive use of the right of way, dimensions of the rolling stock is proposed to be enlarged. Both these improvements will allow longer and heavier trains to ply on the Dedicated Freight Corridors.


The following tables provide comparative information of the existing standards on Indian Railways and the proposed standard for DFCC

Upgraded Dimensions Of DFC


Upgraded Design Features Of DFC




Major equipment which will be supplied first time such as transformer, auto transformer & other conductors will be supplied as per international specification. Part (upto 50%) quantity of such equipment can be supplied through technological transfer agreement through their Indian Partner under "Make in India" program. The developed indigenous capability will be useful for future corridors, high speed railways, Indian railways & other metro systems.


  1. Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS): Based on the principles of European Train Control System, Level- 1 (ETCS L-1) and solves problem of 'Signal passing at danger' (SPAD).
  2. Train Management System (TMS): Train monitoring from a centralized location.
  3. Global System for Mobile Communication for Railways (GSM-R).


  1. 32.5 T axle load- As compare to present 22.5 ton Axle load to facilitate movement of special wagons which can carry higher dimension and heavier cargo.
  2. Mechanized track laying- First time, new railway track is being laid using mechanized means such as NTC. It ensures accuracy & quality.
  3. Cant in turn out zone- First time in Indian Railways, to avoid change in rail plane, turn outs would also be canted. It will ensure smooth riding and reduce rolling contact fatigue.
  4. Head Hardened Rail- Longer life, lesser maintenance
  5. Use of Modern Turnout- (thick web with weldable CMS crossing)
  6. Blanket thickness based on quality of base soil- resulting into economy in construction.
  7. Use of reinforced earth/wall- will reduce requirement of land in critical areas.
  8. Long Flash butt welded panels- To avoid field joints in rails.
  9. CWR/LWR through points & crossings- will enhance safety by avoiding free joint and reducing impact in turnout zone.
  10. GPS co-ordinates of proposed land boundary- For better management of land.
  11. Friction buffer stop- to enhance the safety of trains.


  1. ADOPTION OF 2X25 KV AT FEEDING SYSTEM - will enable long haul & heavy haul operation.
  2. HIGH RISE OHE - suitable for double stack operation on flat wagons on DFCC.
  3. COMPUTER SIMULATION TOOL- to optimize rating of major equipment such as traction transformers etc.
  4. SCADA AND PROTECTION SYSTEM- State of the art Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) system & numerical protection scheme will enhance safety of power system.
  6. EARTHING AND BONDING STRATEGY- to comply international standards so as to achieve desired human/equipment safety as per EN 50122-1.
  7. GREEN INITIATIVES- DFCCIL is expected to offer reduction of more than 450 million ton of CO2 in first 30 years of operation leading to reduced Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in transport sector in India.

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