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Construction of High Speed Dedicated Freight Corridors on Railways

Press Information Bureau:  March 10, 2015

New Delhi: The Ministry of Railways has sanctioned implementation of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) with freight train speeds of maximum 100 Kmph.

Alignment for both WDFC & EDFC has been finalized. WDFC starts from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai and passes through the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, and terminate at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. The total length of the Western DFC is about 1500 Kms.

The Eastern Freight Corridor, starts from Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab and passes through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal, total length being 1856 Kms.

As regards land acquisition, award of 20 F (Compensation Award) under Railway Amendment Act 2008, for 80% of land has been completed. Civil Contracts of about 1100 km and System Contract of 945 km have been finalized. Civil works are progressing in Khurja-Kanpur, Mughalsarai-Sonnagar Section of EDFC and in Rewari-Palanpur Section of WDFC.

Excluding Sonnagar -Dankuni Section of EDFC, WDFC and EDFC is targeted to be completed in December 2019. Project implementation schedule, timelines have been drawn up and are being monitored on regular basis.

Apart from EDFC & WDFC, Preliminary Engineering Cum Traffic Surveys (PETS) have been taken up for the following DFCs:-

  • East-West Corridor (Kolkata-Mumbai) - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
  • North-South Corridor (Delhi-Chennai): - It will traverse through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • East Coast Corridor (Kharagpur-Vijaywada): - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Southern Corridor (Chennai-Goa): - It will traverse through the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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