The Indian Railways will most likely be able to access 40% of the two under-construction Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) by 2021 for the freight movement, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) said in a statement on Friday.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor is one of the largest railway infrastructure projects undertaken by the government at an overall cost of INR 81,459 crore.
The DFC has a western corridor of 1,504 kms from JNPT in Mumbai to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and an eastern corridor of 1,856 kms from Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal.
As much as 40% of the DFC network is slated for completion in FY20-21. By December 2021, the network from Kanpur, Khurja, Dadri, Rewari, Ajmer and Palanpur to ports in Gujarat will be connected.”~ R N Singh, Managing Director of DFCCIL
He added that this will give a big fillip to the industrial activity in the region. Singh also shared that most of the sections will thereafter be commissioned by March 2022 and the remaining portions will be commissioned by June 2022.
With the two DFCs which are being constructed with a total investment of INR 81,459 crore set to be completed by June 2022, Railways has also begun work on three more DFCs.
The surveys for the proposed 1,115 Kms-long East Coast Corridor, 1673 Kms-long East-West Corridor and the 975 Kms-long North-South Sub-Corridor DFCs are likely to be completed by 2021.