Dedicated Freight Corridor Reaches Milestone for Operating 1 Lakh Trains

The Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) has reached the milestone of 100,000 trains with Jaya Varma Sinha, a member of the Railway Board’s operations and business development team, inaugurating the 100,000th train on the corridor route on Friday.

The first train in the DFC network was waved off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 12, 2020.

To date, 55,332 trains have been deployed on the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and 44,658 trains on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), DFC said in a statement.

To date, 2,089 route KM – 73.5 percent of the DFC – has been operational, it said, adding that the DFC alignment, excluding the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) connectivity, is expected to be operational by December 2023 become.

“With the commissioning of the New Dadri – New Rewari section, freight transport can be seamless from the hinterland of Uttar Pradesh to the western ports of India,” the press release reads.

DFC is a key initiative under the National Logistics Policy and aims to reduce logistics costs from around 15 percent of the country’s GDP to 8 percent by 2030.

DFC’s capacity expansion of freight infrastructure is critical to Indian Railways’ goal of handling 3 billion tons of freight by 2030.

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