Trial of DFC by the Indian Army! How Indian Railways plans to improve the mobilization capabilities of the armed forces
Indian Railways’ DFCs are designed to improve the mobilization capabilities of the Indian armed forces. Recently, the Indian Army conducted a successful trial moving a military train from New Rewari to New Phulera loaded with vehicles and equipment to confirm the effectiveness of the dedicated cargo corridor. Indian Railways’ DFC project is making freight traffic across the country faster and smoother. According to the Ministry of Railways, the complicated and synchronized coordination of the Indian Army with the national transport company and the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) will greatly improve the mobilization capacity of the armed forces.
The ministry said these test runs were part of the “Whole of the Nation Approach” to optimize national resources and create seamless synergies between different ministries and departments. Now, the Army’s interactions with all stakeholders, including DFCCIL, the DFC’s executive company and Indian Railways, will help integrate the DFC, as well as allied infrastructure, into the armed forces mobilization matrix.
Currently, the infrastructure expansion at certain locations to support the mobilization and testing to validate the transport of vehicles owned by the defense, the RO-RO (Roll On-Roll Off) service is formalized and modalities are also being developed. According to the ministry, these processes herald the first step in this process in order to pave the way for improving the operational readiness of the armed forces. This move would set processes in motion to ensure that military requirements are dovetailed with national infrastructure development as early as the planning phase itself, the ministry added.
Last month it was reported that freight trains operating on the DFC were traveling at a faster speed than Indian Railways’ Rajdhani Express. A few days ago a freight train in the DFC reached the top speed of 99.3 km / h. The high speed of the freight train was recorded on the 331 km New Khurja-New Bhaupur section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.