The double-decker freight corridor passing through a one-kilometre long tunnel is almost ready. Indian Railways created history by laying the world’s first electrified rail tunnel. This tunnel is expected to be prepared for operations in the next twelve months.
Rail News: The largest dream project of the Indian Railways, the Dedicated Freight Corridor is getting completed rapidly despite the pandemic. The biggest obstacle to this project came to an end on Friday. An explosion was carried out in the tunnel to blast off a portion of the Aravalli hills near Sohna, which made the tunnel open from both sides.
Work has been going on for a year to build the tunnel in this hill. It is the first such electrified rail tunnel in the world in which double-stack containers can run. Double-decker goods trains will run at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour.
The Tunnel Opened on Friday
On Friday, in the presence of railway officials, a one-kilometre long railway tunnel up to Rojka Meo was opened on both sides. It will be the tallest tunnel in the world. Its height is 11.6 meters, and its width is 15 meters. The height of this tunnel has been kept 11 meters only to add a 10-meter high bridge on Rojka Meo. This tunnel is so broad that two double-decker freight trains can run at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour.
World’s First Electrified Rail Tunnel
Making tunnels in terms of double rakes between the Aravalli hills was a major challenge but has been completed within a year. It will be the world’s first electrified rail tunnel suitable for the operation of double-stack containers, according to AK Sachan, CMD of the Railway’s Dedicated Freight Corridor. This tunnel work has been completed in less than one year. Work on this site began in 2019.
Six Tunnels in Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight
Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight has a total of six tunnels. WDFC has 1 km long Sohna Tunnel, 320 meters long Vasai Detour North Tunnel and 430 meters long Vasai Detour South Tunnel. Similarly, EDFC has three tunnels of 150 m, 475 m and 300 m respectively in Sonnagar Gomoh section. DFCCIL has so far run more than 1600 trains in Bhadan-Khurja section of EDFC and Madar-Rewari section of WDFC. Despite the state of the coronavirus epidemic, work at DFCCIL is progressing at a fast and steady pace. The eastern (except PPP section) and western DFC are expected to be completed in June 2022.
Highest OHE for Easy Movement
Geologically, the tunnel is safe and stable as it passes through the quartzite, schist and slates of the Alwar or Ajabgarh clusters of Delhi Supergroup Rakes, which have high-quality potential, mainly from 2500 to 500 million years old Proterozoic leaves. Through this tunnel, freight trains with the double-stack container and 25-tonne axle load will pass at a speed of 100 km per hour.
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