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Powering Corridors of Digital, Greener Growth of New India

“The Indian Railways’ legacy is all set to be emboldened with a visionary distinctive era in its history of transformation with the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) – the largest project since India’s Independence – that will unleash the full potential of India’s growth and elevate the passenger experience announcing the arrival of a new era.”- Bharat Kaushal, Managing Director Hitachi India.

Cementing its leadership as a global, Integrated Rail Solutions provider, Hitachi Rail India partnered with the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) to power the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor with state-of-the-art integrated rail technologies.

Visionary Goals: Establishment of a cost-effective, clean, and optimised freight transport system in India, decongestion of Indian Railways network for more passenger trains, sustainable economic growth of India, and boost to Digital India and Self Reliant India.

Watch the landmark transformation of Indian Railways’ freight movement in action through this video:

Delivering Solutions for Safer, Sustainable Infrastructure

Driven by the vision of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and the Indian Railways mission to construct a vast transport infrastructure capable of meeting the needs of an emerging economic superpower, Hitachi Rail India implemented globally proven technologies and solutions for Western DFC that amalgamates one of the highest levels of safety, digitalization, and sustainability. Hitachi Rail India offered solutions for the flagship project, leveraging its expertise in Digital Technologies, Green Technologies, and Innovation capabilities:

  1. Electronic Interlocking - Advanced rail signaling that transforms manual operations into automated for operational efficiency, provides improved safety controls, and increased rail capacity.
  2. Train Monitoring and Diagnostic System - Enables centralized monitoring of each train’s position on the track in real time and asset protection.
  3. Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) - Hitachi Rail India is indigenously manufacturing key equipment for this automatic train protection system based on the European Train Control System (ETCS) to build one of the safest infrastructure.

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Progressing on Journey to a New India

The DFC project is all set to change the transportation landscape of the country by transforming the Indian Railways network into dedicated corridors. The unprecedented transformation will strengthen the vital logistics sector through faster and heavier long-haul freight transportation further accelerating India’s rising growth trajectory in the global market and lay a robust foundation for an energy-efficient as well as eco-friendly rail transport system.

Traversing through five states, the 1,506 km long Western DFC connects New Delhi to Mumbai, the national and the business capitals of India, unlocking immense benefits for the nation, industries, and passengers, including-

  1. Quicker, economical, and seamless movement of goods such as fertilizers, food grains, salt, coal, iron & steel and cement
  2. Decongestion of rail network allows higher frequency of passenger trains and fewer delays, ensuring improved travel experience for millions
  3. Reduced transit time, thereby reducing the logistics cost
  4. Reduced carbon footprint by saving millions of tons in carbon emissions
  5. Boost growth of lesser industrialized regions of India through improved connectivity between ports and industries

This project is an epitome of Indian Railways-Hitachi collaborating for building a resilient transport infrastructure that drives the nation towards Innovation, Sustainability, Self-Reliance, and leadership on the global stage. By enabling seamless, safe, and affordable mobility flows of people and goods, Hitachi Social Innovation is POWERING GOOD!

  • Release Date: March 2023
  • Solutions By: Hitachi Rail India