The Central Government has set June next year as the deadline for the
completion of the Western and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor which will see
a major shift of manufacturing sector to Western Northern states of the country.
The corridor project
regularly monitored by the Prime Minister’s office
The deadline was set by the government after railway minister Piyush Goyal
reviewed the progress of the various sections of the corridor for the second
time within a week. The corridor project is also being regularly monitored by
the Prime Minister’s office.
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. The Minister said that project needs to be
monitored on a Daily basis to ensure that completed project is handed over by
Emphasis needs to be
given on development of freight terminals along the Corridor said the Minister
The Minister said that as the project completion gathers momentum ,
emphasis also needs to be given on development of freight terminals along the
Corridor to be boost business operations for all stake holders.
Indian Railways is making dedicated freight corridors to provide exclusive
movement on fast speeds for goods trains.
In the first phase, DFCCIL is constructing the Western DFC (1504 Route km)
and Eastern DFC (1856 route km including PPP section of Sonnagar-Dankuni
The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor 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 (JNPT) in Mumbai
will traverse through the states of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and
Maharashtra of WDFC & EDFC (excluding the Sonnagar – Dankuni PPP section)
i.e. 2800 route Km will be commissioned by June 2022.
corridor seen as a game changer
Dedicated Freight corridor is being seen as a game changer in Economic
Development of certain parts of India.
dedicated freight corridor project between Delhi and Chennai (North south) and
Mumbai Chennai announced in parliament nearly ten years ago still remains on