Indian Railways To Start Running Goods Trains On 40 Per Cent Of Dedicated Freight Corridor Routes By 2021

Indian Railways To Start Running Goods Trains On 40 Per Cent Of Dedicated Freight Corridor Routes By 2021Freight train running on Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (YouTube screenshot) 

Indian Railways will be running freight trains on 40 per cent length of its dedicated freight corridor (DFC) by next year, Financial Express reports.

The DFC Project is worth Rs 81,459 crore and R N Singh, Managing Director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), has announced that 40 per cent of the DFC route km is slated to be completed in the ongoing financial year.

The Western DFC is 1,504 km long and is connected from J N Port in Mumbai to Dadri in Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, the Eastern DFC is spread across 1,856 km and joins Sahnewal situated near Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal.

Kanpur, Rewari, Dadri, Ajmer, Palanpur and Gujarat ports will be connected to Khurja by the end of 2021. Most of the sections are set to be commissioned by March 2021 whereas the rest of the Eastern and Western DFC will be commissioned by June 2021.

The ‘Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro)’ services of the Indian Railways can commence post the completion of the Dadri-Rewari section of the DFC. Loaded trucks can be moved through flat rakes via this system. The ‘Ro-Ro’ service looks to deduct the emission of carbon and reduce traffic on the NCR roads that witness movement of around 66,000 trucks per day.