August 25, 2020

Work on Dedicated Freight Corridors, including resolution of issues, is being taken up in Mission Mode. Progress is being closely monitored & all necessary steps are being taken to speed up the project

Railway minister Piyush Goyal has called for speeding up work on dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) and to make up for the loss of time due to Covid-19.

Goyal, who is also the minister for commerce and industry, on Monday reviewed the progress of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL).

It is expected that the western corridor connecting Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai and the eastern corridor starting from Sahnewal near Ludhiana (Punjab) to terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal will be completed by December 2021, the railway ministry said in a statement.

During the review meeting, it was decided that work of all contractors will be strictly monitored. Resolution of all issues, including coordination with the states, will be done on a “mission mode”, the statement said.

The eastern and western dedicated freight corridors (DFCs), which were estimated to be entirely operational by December 2022, have been setback by six months because of the outbreak of Covid-19, Railway Board chairman VK Yadav had said last week.


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