Dedicated Freight Corridor Project on track
The Western and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) Projects of Ministry of Railways are approved and being implemented by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL), a wholly owned Public Sector Undertaking of Ministry of Railways.
Final Location Survey has been completed on Western DFC and Ludhiana-Sonnagar section of Eastern DFC. Process of land acquisition has been started for about 2400 kilometers. Construction contracts for 105 kilometers of Eastern DFC and 54 major and important bridges of Western DFC have been awarded. Funding has been sought from World Bank and Asian Development Bank for Eastern DFC and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Western DFC. Eleven field units headed by Chief Project Managers have been set up for project implementation and two initial construction contracts for Railway funded portions i.e. 105 km on Sonnagar-Mughalsarai section and 54 major and important bridges on Surat-Virar section have been awarded. External funding has been sought from bilateral/multilateral agencies.
In respect of funding sought from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Special Terms of Economic Partnership (STEP) scheme of Government of Japan for the Western Corridor, loan discussions have taken place coordinated by Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. An engineering Services loan agreement has been signed in October 27, 2009.
Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) on Eastern and Western trunk routes have been approved.
The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor starts from Dankuni in West Bengal and terminate near Ludhiana in Punjab and will pass through West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. The Western DFC will start from Dadri/Tughlakabad and terminate at Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai and will pass through Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.