1610 km out of a total sanctioned length of 2843 km of Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) has been completed, informed the Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronic and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, on Friday.
Ministry of Railways, Government of India (GOI), has taken up construction of two DFCs – Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) from Ludhiana to Sonnagar (1337 Km) and the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal (JNPT) to Dadri (1506 Kms.).
The construction of Dedicated Freight Corridors will deliver higher transport output and more carrying capacity. Due to faster transit of freight trains, running of double stack container trains, and heavy haul trains, the unit cost of freight transport will get reduced substantially and there will be savings in the logistics costs. Also, this would improve the supply chain for the industries/logistics players located in DFC’s catchment regions. Hence this will lead to the growth of EXIM traffic as well.
The above benefits of DFCs will promote industrial activities in the region by leveraging the industrial corridors/townships being implemented along the DFC route. Development of New Freight terminals, Multimodal Logistics parks, and Inland Container Depots along both Eastern and Western DFC are in different stages of implementation.
Also, East-West Dedicated Freight Corridor (length 2000 km | Starting point-Dankuni, Termination point-Bhusawal), North-South Dedicated Freight Corridor (length 975 km | Starting point-Vijayawada, Termination point-Itarsi) and East Coast Dedicated Freight Corridor (length 1115 km | Starting point-Kharagpur, Termination point-Vijayawada) are announced in Budget 2021–22 and are currently in planning stage.
Between Madgaon (Goa) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Southern Dedicated Freight Corridor (length 892 km) is proposed.
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