The Dedicated Freight Corridor is one of the largest railway infrastructure projects in India. The aim is to create a high-speed, high-capacity freight network between Ludhiana (Punjab) and Son Nagar (Bihar).
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) has completed a key 27 kilometer section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC). This enabled seamless connectivity of 1875 km between Sonnagar in Bihar and Ahmedabad in Gujarat. According to estimates, the transport time for coal will also be cut in half.
According to Ravindra Kumar Jain, Managing Director of DFCCIL, this paves the way for greater efficiency, shorter transit times and greater capacity for freight transport. “Approximately 70-80% of the Indian Railways network’s freight traffic on this route can now be shifted to the DFC,” he told reporters in New Delhi, adding that this frees up the routes for faster and more punctual passenger trains.
A company statement said the first train on this vital Chunar – Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) section of the EDFC ran on Thursday. Another important milestone was that DFCCIL completed an 80 km route from Shambhu to Sahnewal (Ludhiana) on Wednesday. This means that 2196 km or 77.2% of the DTCs have been put into operation. The entire DFC route, with the exception of the connection to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, is expected to be operational next year.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor is one of the largest railway infrastructure projects in India. The aim is to create a high-speed, high-capacity freight network between Ludhiana (Punjab) and Son Nagar (Bihar). Also on the agenda is the connection of major industrial and consumer centers including Ludhiana, Khurja, Kanpur, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Rewari, Madar, Palanpur, Bangurgram, Swaroopganj, Sanand and Sonnagar among others.
“The time for container transport from the ports of Gujarat and Maharashtra to the northern hinterland will be reduced to less than a day. This time-saving benefit will improve competitiveness and boost economic development in various sectors,” the statement continued.