An allocation of Rs. 26,000 crore as Gross Budgetary Support has been made by the Planning Commission, that includes outlay for Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC). In the Annual Plan for 2013-14, a provision of Rs, 5,455 crore has been made for DFC.
The project cost of Eastern and Western DFC project is currently estimated at Rs. 95,836 crore, including cost of land.
Western DFC (1,499 km) is being funded by loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the extent of 77% of the project cost. Out of 1,839 km of Eastern DFC, 1,183 km of Ludhiana-Khurja-Dadri-Kanpur-Mughalsarai section is being funded through loan from World Bank to the extent of 66% of the project cost. Balance funds for these sections will be provided by Railways. In Eastern DFC, Mughalsarai-Sonnagar section (122 km) is being funded from Railways’ resources and Dankuni-Sonnagar section (534 km) is to be funded through Public Private Partnership route.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.