Marking a significant development in the Eastern dedicated freight corridor (Eastern-DFC), the Ministry of Railways has announced a successful trial on the New Pilkhani-New Shambhu section.
“With the successful trial on the New Pilkhani-New Shambhu section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, commercial freight train operations are set to commence on the Pilkhani-Sahnewal section,” stated the Ministry on the social media platform X.
#EDFC ready to transform the landscape of freight transportation!
With the successful trial on the New Pilkhani – New Shambhu section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, commercial freight train operations begin on the Pilkhani-Sahnewal section.#TransformingTransportation pic.twitter.com/39rDTsjW5h
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) January 16, 2024
The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (Eastern-DFC) is set to revolutionize freight transportation across India, covering a length of 1,337 km. Simultaneously, the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (Western-DFC) extends over an extensive 1,506 km, forming a comprehensive transportation network.
Commencing from Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab, the Eastern DFC traverses Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and concludes at Sonnagar in Bihar. Notably, the construction of the Eastern DFC has been successfully completed, enhancing connectivity across multiple states.
Conversely, the Western DFC, connecting Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, is still undergoing construction. Progress has been significant, with 1,176 km out of the total 1,506 km already completed. This corridor spans five states: Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
At the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the significance of the Eastern DFC. He emphasized its pivotal role in linking regions like Gujarat, Maharashtra, and the eastern coastline through dedicated freight corridors, facilitating efficient and streamlined transportation.
“Whether it’s Gujarat, Maharashtra, or our eastern coastline, today they are being connected through dedicated freight corridors,” remarked Prime Minister Modi.
The Dedicated freight corridor is a network of broad gauge railway lines exclusively serving freight trains, to enhance the speed and efficiency of freight services in the country.
Strategically aligned with the National Rail Plan, the DFC sets a bold objective: to increase the railway’s modal share in India from the existing 28 percent to an impressive 44 percent by the year 2051.
Crucially, the DFC is not just a railway project; it’s a linchpin of the National Logistics Policy, aiming to reduce logistics costs from the current 15 percent of GDP to a more sustainable 8 percent by 2030.
Furthermore, the DFC’s capacity expansion is instrumental in realizing Indian Railways’ ambitious objective of achieving a freight loading capacity of 3,000 MT by 2030.