Theo: Lallu said many things. But 22.8 tonnes is it, system wide on IR. The DFCC was to be 25 tonne axle loads at the outset, but 32.5 tonnes is what they plan for. Look at the foreword and preface
here:http://www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in/w ... e/0014.pdf
Document above is dated November 2009, after Lallu, so nothing really happened.
I think you might have remembered the 25t for DFCC, but of course that is being superseded, they are really going for more here. Here is an article on Tata and the Khurja-Bhaupur section of the EDFC, axle loads are mentioned again exactly as in the document above so multiple sources, very good confirmation !!!http://www.business-standard.com/articl ... 257_1.html
I understand what you write about the coal issue. I really do not know. My impression is
that either they build special sidings or DFCC will have max loads 32.5 tonnes for container traffic to ports. Perhaps they use 22.8 tonne loads for coal which will have to travel on branch lines anyways to go to the thermal plants in the North. Also in the RDSO document linked above in the foreword, there is a statement" feeder routes are going to be strengthened to 25t axle loads"
. I have not seen anything to back this claim up.
Another point is that I stated above is that Western DFC will have double decker container traffic. So the pantos
of the electrics will reach much higher and they have to raise the ROBs along the way. The western DFCC alignment
is more west of the current Delhi-Mumbai route, passing through Marwar Jn, remember my quip in the post about Sean Connery who played Daniel Dravot in Man who would be King and who Kipling has to meet at Marwar Jn. as advised by Peachey Carnehan( Michael Caine) who he meets on the night train to Ajmer was it?
The western DFCC line will be even slightly west of Ahmedabad and then curve and follow the current alignment after Vadodara.
Branch off between Vasai Rd( the old Bassein) and Panvel for JNPT. Bridges across the Tapti and Narmada have been recently tendered. There is a lot of work going on between Navsari and Vasai less beyond Navsari and supposedly activity between Iqbalgarh and Rewari. The schedule is as follows:Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
1. Durgwati-Sasaram( all in Bihar, my old post said this is fitting, Sher Shah Suri of GT road fame is buried in a massive mausoleum in Sasaram) March 2016, 56km.
2. Mughalsarai(UP) -Son Nagar(Bihar), by 2017.( 118 km), Durgawati-Sasaram, #1 above, to be opened in March 2016 is a part of this segment
Above two financed by Railway budget. Rest is JICA and World Bank and #3 below unknown.
3. Dankuni(WB) to Son Nagar( on the River Son/e),(540 km) not funded and not tendered, PPP model is the hope. Govt has been trying in various degrees of urgency since MMS days.
Next sections are all World Bank funded.
4. Khurja-Bhaupur( outside Kanpur)( both in UP) March 2018, lot of activity seen 343 km
5. Bhaupur(Kanpur)-Mughalsarai, Dec 2018.( 402 km)
6. Ludhiana-Khurja ( 404 km) This section will only be single lined due to Land acquisition issues.
All other DFCC sections will be double lined and Western DFCC even able to take double decker container traffic, see above. Western Dedicated Freight Corridor
Totally funded by JICA
1. Rewari-Iqbalgarh, June 2018
2. Iqbalgarh-Vadodara, March 2019
3. Vadodara-Sachin( near Surat)(163 km)
4. Sachin-Vasai Rd-JNPT( 265 km)
Rewari-Vadodara ( 950km)
Now if people say other things like 2018 finish that is a tough deadline for construction on DFCC, even the Government is not sanguine and states a possible deadline in 2019 and with Dankuni-Son Nagar not even funded even more time will elapse as there are more land issues in WB and Bihar that will have to be resolved.
1042 court cases, 3391 arbitration cases pending even Dec 2019 seems far fetched. PIB news release from July 2015, posted again:http://pib.nic.in/newsite/efeatures.aspx?relid=123276
An article by Binoo Nair on the Western DFCC and the Surat-JNPT stretch. It has not been completely tendered due to environmental clearances of Mangroves at Dahanu Road, which have now been obtained:( again mentions a 2019 date) people have seen minor bridges being constructed, but no fanbois video I can link here, also remember the alignments may not always be completely be next to existing alignments, though very plausible they are in this high density population areas.http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ra ... ck-2067083
Binoo Nair seems to do a lot of legwork and is knowledgeable of IR in the Mumbai area.