The Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal on Monday, reviewed the progress of various sections under completion in Dedicated Freight Corridor on both East and West corridors. Railway officials gave inputs about the progress being made in all the sections and also some of the challenges being faced by the Railways in getting work completed in certain sections.
Minister said, “The project needs to be closely monitored to ensure that it gets completed and handed over to the nation by June 2022.”
Goyal said that as the project completion gathers momentum, emphasis also needs to be given to the development of freight terminals along the corridor to boost business operations for all stakeholders.
The DFCs that are being constructed by the railways for goods trains aim to decongest the railway network, ensure faster movement of goods, increase the national carrier’s freight capacity network and reduce overall logistics costs for companies.
In the first phase of its development, DFCCIL is constructing the 1504 km western DFC and 1856 km eastern DFC, including PPP section of the Sonnagar-Dankuni section. The WDFC and EDFC (excluding the Sonnagar – Dankuni PPP section) i.e. 2800 route Km will be commissioned by June 2022.
The EDFC starting from Sahnewal near Ludhiana (Punjab) will pass through the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal.
The Western Corridor connecting Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai will traverse through the states of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 351 Km New Khurja- New Bhaupur section of EDFC on December 29. The stretch has been built at a cost of ₹5,750 crore and is funded by the World Bank. The new stations in this section are Bhaupur, Kanchausi, Achalda, Ekdil, Bhadan, Makhanpur, Tundla, Hathras, Daudkan and Khurja.
Railway Ministry said, with the release of freight trains on DFC route, Indian Railways will be able to run faster and punctual trains, and will get time to do routine maintenance, which was earlier a daunting challenge. Currently, the average speed of goods trains will increase to 60-70kmph from the existing 25-30kmph.