Date of Post: 18 Aug, 2018
New Delhi: India’s 3rd freight corridor is likely to come up next year at a cost of about Rs 44,000 crore between Kharagpur and Vijayawada, DFCCIL Managing Director A K Sachan said. The DFCCIL (Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd) has sent a proposal to Indian Railways to undertake the 3rd dedicated freight corridor project, which is also called the East Coast Corridor.
- Sachan said, Railways is going to put the project before the finance ministry for its inclusion in Budget 2019-20.
- The project will be 1,114 km in length and is part of the Golden Quadrilateral project of Indian Railways.
- The project will be funded using equity from Indian Railways and loans.
- The corridor is likely to be announced in the budget proposal for 2019-20 and expected to carry around 200 MT (Million Tonnes) of freight per annum.
- The DFCCIL, an arm of Indian Railways, will be making 432 km of the western corridor and 343 km of the eastern corridor operational by the end of the current financial year.
- Once open, the stretches on the western and the eastern corridors will significantly reduce the travel time between Delhi & Mumbai and Delhi & Howrah, the two most congested rail routes in the country.
- DFCCIL is already undertaking the construction of two freight corridors Eastern Freight Corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni (1,856km) and Western Freight Corridor from Dadri to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (1,504km) being built at a cost of Rs 81,000 crore.
- On August 15, DFCCIL conducted a successful train run on the newly-built Ateli-Phulera section of the Western Corridor.
- The 190km long route from Haryana to Rajasthan has the ability to run trains at a speed of 100 kmph against the current maximum speed of 75 kmph on Indian Rail track.
- Once operational, the corridors will increase the Indian Railways freight carrying capacity to over 2,000 MT, up from the existing 1,200 MT.
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