14th Foundation Day of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) celebrated Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal said that DFC has the impact to transform the railways sector



The 14th Foundation Day of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) was celebrated at a function in New Delhi on 18th January 2020. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal congratulated team DFCCIL for completing 500 km of Dedicated Freight Corridor and exhorted the team to achieve the goal of 991 km by March 2020. He said that DFC has the impact to transform the railways sector. It is necessary to have separate tracks for freight and for passengers to ensure faster movement of both. Shri Piyush Goyal said that Indian Railways should run freight trains in convoys for maximum utilisation of the path and increasing the average speed of freight trains. Just like IRCTC which pays compensation for delays in its Tejas trains, Railways freight customers should be compensated for late arrival of goods trains and emphasized for time-tabled goods train run on DFCCIL.

Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav Chairman, Railway Board and Chairman DFCCIL, enunciated that consolidation, growth and reforms are the three crucial areas which Indian Railways are working on. He said that Dedicated Freight Corridors are ushering in a paradigm change in Indian Railways and asserted that DFCCIL will play a significant role in shaping the Indian economy. He said that IR is upgrading the Railway network, especially the Delhi – Mumbai and Delhi – Howrah sectors for running faster and modern trains. He further emphasized that by having acquired 98.5 % land, DFCCIL is on the fast track for project completion.

Shri Anurag Sachan, MD, DFCCIL, while addressing the gathering on this occasion profusely recognised the dynamic leadership and continuous support of Shri Piyush Goyal. He also assured that team DFCCIL will work hard to complete the project on time.

Other dignitaries present in the function were Smt. Manjula Rangarajan, Financial Commissioner, Railway Board, Shri Pradeep Kumar, Member S&T, Railway Board, Ms Pinky Anand, Additional Solicitor General. An array of senior officers from Railway Board, DFCCIL, PSUs, World Bank & JICA, and other stakeholders attended the event.

In the awards ceremony 28 individual awards and 4 Group awards were given. The running shield for the Western Corridor was given to Ajmer & Ahmedabad units jointly and for Eastern Corridor, it was given to Pt Deendayal Upadhayaya (Mughalsarai) unit.

Timelines:

EDFC
Section
Length
Time of Completion
Khurja - Bhaupur
351 km                                            
Partly trial runs have started on Bhadan. By FY 2019-20, the total 351 km will be commissioned
Bhaupur - Mughalsarai
402 km
Dec-2020
Sonnagar - Mughalsarai
137 km                                            
Dec-2020
Khurja - Dadri
46 km
Dec-2020
Khurja – Ludhiana
401 km
Dec -2021

WDFC
Section
Length
Time of Completion
Rewari - Palanpur
641 km
Mar-2020
Rewari - Dadri
127 km
Mar-2021
Palanpur - Makarpura
308 km
Sep-2021
Makarpura - JNPT
430 km
Dec-2021