The first phase of the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) is one of the
largest rail infrastructure project
spanning a (total length of 3360 route km) undertaken by the Government
of India to usher in industrial growth and prosperity to Northern, Western and
Eastern parts of the country is expected to be commissioned by the end of next
The overall cost pegged
at Rs 81,459 crores
The overall cost is pegged at Rs 81,459 crores Eastern DFC & Western
DFC (excluding the Sonnnagar – Dankuni PPP section) is expected to be completed
by December 2021.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, has reviewed the progress of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India
Limited (DFCCIL). During the meeting, the senior officials informed the current
status of the project. It is expected that Western Corridor shall be completed
by December, 2021.
To speed up the
project to compensate the loss of time due to Covid lockdown
Mr Goyal directed the DFFCIL management team to necessary steps to speed up
the project to compensate the loss of time due to lockdown during COVID. He
also advised the officials to identify the most challenging area and come up
with solution in a mission mode. He suggested that involving young fresh minds
to suggest best solutions may be encouraged.
During the meeting, it was decided that strict monitoring of work of all
contractors to be done. Resolution of all issues, including coordination with
the States to be done on a Mission mode. Innovative mechanisms to constantly
monitor the weekly progress of the project to be evolved.
DFCCI a special
DFCCIL has been set up as a special purpose vehicle to undertake planning, redevelopment,
mobilization of financial resources, construction, maintenance and operation of
Dedicated Freight Corridors. In the first phase the organisation is
constructing the Western DFC (1504 Route km) and Eastern DFC (1856 route km)
spanning a total length of 3360 route km.
The project will spur industrial growth in Maharashtra, Gujarat,
Rajasthan Haryana Punjab Uttar Pradesh Bihar and West Bengal. It will also see
development of dozens of industrial clusters including the world's largest
cluster at Dholera near Ahmedabad.