The first phase of the Dedicated freight Corridor will be commissioned by late next year

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 year.

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 purpose vehicle

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.

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