The Ministry of Railways accelerates dedicated Freight Corridor construction, reducing logistics costs and boosting industrial hubs.
The Ministry of Railways has initiated the construction of two Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs): the 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 km).
The construction of EDFC has been fully completed, and 1220 km out of 1506 km of WDFC have been completed, with train operations underway in the finished sections. The construction of Dedicated Freight Corridors will reduce logistic costs with higher axle load trains, Double Stack Container trains (DSC), and faster access to the Northern hinterland by Western Ports.
Additionally, it will lead to the development of new industrial hubs and Gati Shakti cargo terminals. To ensure timely completion of Dedicated Freight Corridors, the government has made timely provision of funds and monitored the project’s land acquisition activities by closely coordinating with state governments directly and also in different forums, such as the Project Monitoring Group (PMG), etc.
This information was provided by the Minister of Railways, Communications, and Electronic & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on February 9.