Eastern Freight Corridor connecting to Bihar

Following the Prime Minister’s inauguration of the 137km stretch between Pt Deen Dayal Upadhaya Junction (DDU) and Sonenagar on Friday, the ambitious Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) project has now been directly linked. The 1,875 km stretch of the EDFC corridor passes through at least 11 stations in the state under East Central Railway (ECR) jurisdiction.

According to ECR CPRO Birendra Kumar, the commissioning of the EDFC should give new impetus to freight loading, as freight trains carrying coal and other materials will have a separate track to move the loads faster. “The huge traffic congestion on the main Patna-Delhi and Patna-Howrah lines will be eased as freight trains will run faster on the newly built line,” he said, adding that both passenger and freight trains used to run on the same tracks.

According to the railway, EDFC will prove to be a turning point in the years to come and give a boost to the national economy.

In addition, there will be a quantum leap in faster loading and moving of cargo from end to end across the country.

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