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First Eastern freight corridor section to be ready this fiscal


  • Aiming at swift transportation of goods, railways is constructing 3360-km-long track comprising both Eastern and Western corridors for exclusive movement of freight trains at an estimated cost of about Rs 82,000 crore.
  • Efforts are on to commission the Durgauti-Sasaram section on a pilot basis in the current fiscal, DFC Corporation Managing Director Adesh Sharma said.
  • Once they are operational, significant amount of goods traffic is expected to be shifted from roads to rail.
  • Currently railways share is about 36 per cent of total goods traffic and with DFC fully operational the share is likely to increase to about 40 per cent to 45 per cent, he said.
  • Funded by World Bank and partly by railways itself, Eastern DFC starting from Dankuni from West Bengal will pass through the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Harayana to terminate in Ludhiana.
  • Western DFC between Delhi-Mumbai is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
  • Equipped with Train Protection Warning System and Mobile Radio Communication System, the speed of freight train on DFC will go upto 100 km per hour as against the current speed of 25 km per hour.

Source: ET

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