In a momentous ceremony held at Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi electrified the nation as he dedicated the sprawling 402-km-long Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Bhaupur freight corridor. With an aura of anticipation, the PM inaugurated the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), marking a significant leap in India’s logistical prowess.
This colossal infrastructure marvel, crafted at an estimated cost of Rs 10,903 crore, now stands as a vital segment of the extensive 1,337 km long Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). The inaugural event witnessed the grand commencement of a pair of Long Haul goods trains, symbolizing the advent of a new era in freight transportation.
Stretching across the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, encompassing Chandauli, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Kaushambi, Fatehpur, and Kanpur, this corridor promises not only enhanced freight efficiency but also a transformative impact on passenger train punctuality in the Prayagraj division. Railways officials affirm that the strategic shift of goods trains to the DFC track will alleviate congestion on the Delhi-Howrah main line, paving the way for the introduction of additional passenger train services.
Capable of propelling freight trains at a brisk speed of up to 100 km/hour, the corridor emerges as a crucial reliever for the heavily burdened Delhi-Howrah main line. The ripple effect is felt as far as the coal fields of Jharkhand and West Bengal, connecting entities like Eastern Coalfields Limited, Central Coalfields Limited, Bharat Coking Coal Limited, and Northern Coalfields Limited to power plants in Northern India.
Anticipating the domino effect of progress, the vicinity of New Kanpur Junction is poised for transformation with the anticipated development of a multimodal logistics park. This visionary project is not merely about cargo transportation; it is a catalyst for generating fresh employment opportunities and fostering economic growth in the region.
In a feat that exemplifies commitment and efficiency, the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Punjab to Bihar has achieved completion ahead of schedule, adding to the nation’s infrastructure prowess. “The first section of EDFC was inaugurated in December 2020. Three years later, the entire corridor is complete now,” affirmed officials. The Eastern DFC, a broad gauge freight corridor, charts its course between Ludhiana in Punjab and Dankuni (near Kolkata) in West Bengal via Meerut and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh.
While most of the corridor flaunts double tracks and full electrification, the section from Ludhiana to Khurja (365 km) stands as a single-line electrified marvel, a testament to overcoming challenges and forging ahead in the pursuit of logistical excellence. As the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Bhaupur freight corridor becomes operational, it not only connects regions but bridges aspirations, propelling India into a future of seamless connectivity and economic prosperity.