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Guard-less movement of cargo trains in the offing

14 February 2017 | New Delhi
 

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Guard service in freight trains may be a thing of the past once the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) becomes operational with end wagons to be fitted with sensors.

End to Train Telemetry (EOTT) is a device which makes it possible to monitor in the driver's cab of the loco the brake pipe pressure in the last vehicle of the train.

Doing away with deployment of guards in each freight train, the corridor will equip the rear end of a wagon with this modern electronic system at an estimated cost of INR 5 lakh.

According to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) Managing Director Adesh Sharma, the driver will monitor the train movement through EoTT device and there will be no need of guards.

DFCC aims to eliminate service of 1,000 guards using the device. The total staff of DFCC for the operation of the 3344 kilometer (km) long track is estimated to be around 8,800 only. While a guard cost about INR 12 lakh a year to Railways, the EoTT is to cost around INR 5 lakh.

Expected to be game changer in the freight transportation sector after it becomes fully operational by the next two years, the INR 81,459-crore DFC project will also be free from all level crossings, a major safety hazard in rail network. Sharma said that Contracts worth INR 18,000 crore were awarded during 2016 for the DFC project.

While 100% contracts in the 1504-km-long Western DFC have been awarded, for the 1840-km-long Eastern DFC it is 87%. Contracts worth INR 18,000 crore were awarded during 2016 for the DFC project, Sharma said here.

While 100% contracts in the 1504-km-long Western DFC have been awarded, for the 1840-km-long Eastern DFC it is 87%.

Ensuring unhindered movement of freight trains, Sharma said, "A total of 1,003 level crossings are planned to be eliminated which will help seamless movement of both rail and road traffic."

There will be construction of 689 rail under bridges and 314 rail over bridges on cost sharing basis with states on the DFC track to make the entire track free from level crossings.

Focusing on reduction of the operational cost by 40 per cent, steps are being taken increase efficiency and doing away with guard service in freight trains with the help of latest technology, Sharma said.

Once fully operational, DFC will be capable of carrying train load of 13000 tonnes with average speed of 75 km per hour against the current speed of 25 km per hour.

   
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