NEW DELHI: The Railways will complete the Western and Eastern freight corridors connecting Mumbai with Delhi and Ludhiana with Kolkata in the next two years Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain informed the Rajya Sabha.
The two railway lines exclusively meant for the freight trains apart from the existing two railway lines for passenger trains are being laid between Mumbai and Delhi and Ludhiana and Kolkata at a cost of nearly Rs 82,000 crores.
Ministry of Railways have sanctioned implementation of Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), namely, Western DFC (1504 km) and Eastern DFC (1856 km) way back in 2007 by the UPA Government.
A freight corridor between Delhi and Chennai was promised in Parliament then but has remained on paper for the last ten years.
The commissioning of Western and Eastern DFCs (excluding few sections) is targeted in phases by 2019/2020.
Western DFC covers Dadri-Rewari-Phulera-Ajmer-Marwar- Palanpur - Ahmedabad –Vadodara - Surat- Valsad-Vasai Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Eastern DFC covers Ludhiana-Ambala-Saharanpur-Meerut-Khurja-Kanpur-Allahabad-Mughalsarai-Sonnagar through the States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.