Government of India’s ambitious project for better logistics and supply chain infrastructure – the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors – has entered the final stages of construction and development. The combined length of both freight corridors is 2,843 km, out of which, 2,513 km has been completed according to information received from the Ministry of Railways. The announcement was made by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at the Lok Sabha on Wednesday while he also mentioned that the said portion was completed with an expenditure of Rs 1,08,558 crore.
“The Ministry of Railways has taken up construction of two Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) viz. Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) from Ludhiana to Sonnagar (1,337 km) and the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal (JNPT) to Dadri (1,506 km).”
Vaishnaw also said that the construction of EDFC has been fully completed and 1,176 km out of 1,506 km of WDFC has been completed.
The minister presented the data on work completed and the expenditure incurred while responding to questions from six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs, who asked about the progress and status of the work on all Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs).
“The construction of Dedicated Freight Corridors will reduce the logistic cost, leading to the development of new industrial hubs and Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals,” he said.
Logistics Insider Magazine: December issue 2023