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Friday, 8 January 2021

Freight corridor a game changer: PM

Mahendragarh, January 7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dedicated the 306-km New Rewari-New Madar section of the western dedicated freight corridor to the nation through video-conferencing by flagging off the world's first double-stack long-haul 1.5-km container train hauled by electric traction from New Ateli station to Kishangarh in Rajasthan.

With this, freight trains will be able to run at a maximum speed of 100 kmph while the current maximum speed is 75 kmph. The Rewari-Madar section covers 79 km in Mahendragarh and Rewari districts and 227 km in Jaipur, Ajmer, Sikar, Nagaur and Alwar districts of Rajasthan.

As per reports, the section consists of nine newly built dedicated freight corridor stations — New Rewari and New Ateli in Haryana and New Phulera, New Dabla, New Bhagega, New Shri Madhopur, New Pachar Malikpur, New Sakun and New Kishangarh in Rajasthan.

The opening of the stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari, Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera and Kishangarh areas and enable better usage of the CONCOR container depot at Kathuwas. This section will ensure seamless connectivity with the ports of Kandla, Pipavav, Mundhra and Dahej in Gujarat.

Addressing the people, the Prime Minister said the dedicated freight corridor was being looked at as a game changer for India. He said the opening of this stretch would fuel industries in Rewari, Mahendragarh, Ajmer and Sikar.

"The corridor covers 135 stations, which will be developed as multi-modal logistic hubs. It will help village and small-scale industries, besides contributing to the uplift of the economy," he added. — TNS

from The Tribune

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