Railway Minister exhorts DFCCIL for speedy execution of projects

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a review of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited project through video-conferencing from Mumbai exhorted DFCCIL for speedy execution of projects and timely completion of the Dedicated Freight Corridor.

He held the meeting with Chairman Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav, Member Engineering Vishwesh Chaube, MD DFCCIL Anurag Sachan and other senior officials on Sunday.

Mr Goyal exhorted DFCCIL for speedy execution of projects and timely completion of the Dedicated Freight Corridor. The Minister called for phase-wise targets to be fixed for the completion of the DFC project.

He emphasised on the development of Multi Modal Logistics Parks,Sidings, Terminals, Container Depots along the Corridor and stations on the DFC alignment, an official statement here said.

Some of the major points discussed during the review are enumerated as– Contracts, Progress of Elimination of Level Crossings : Progress of elimination of Level Crossings on the DFC route is on the fast track, for speedy completion of projects. The Minister has instructed to have resolution of critical issues of project completion at each level. In recent years, due to intervention of Mr Goyal, pending issues have been resolved.

DFCCIL is working towards fast-tracking the construction of the Western and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridors. The two DFCs are targeted to be completed in phases by 2021.

EDFC include Bhadan-Khurja section (194 km) regular run is planned from October 2, this year. This section will be opened with World Class Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj (Allahabad), a shining example of ‘Make-in-India’ initiative. The OCC will act as the command centre for the entire route length of 1856 Kms. of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), controlling and monitoring the system including Train operation and power supply system.

WDFC will include the first Double Stack Container Goods train which was successfully run between Ateli – Phulera section (190 km) on August 15, last year. A trial run on WDFC’s 306 km Madar (Ajmer) – New Rewari–Kishangarh Balawas section was completed on December 30, 2018. Successful run of electric locomotive in Khurja-Bhadan section was completed on August 15.

West Bengal Chief Minister wants DFCC in Kolkata

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wrote to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, urging him to address the strategic policy gap affecting the future of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), which is meant for cargo movement across the country.

The CM said she wanted the project to come to Kolkata from Ludhiana as 70% of the land in Bengal had been acquired and about 60% handed over to railways. She said the World Bank-aided project would take away the cargo burden from the railways.

Banerjee mentioned that EDFC covers about 1,192km, from Ludhiana to Mughalsarai. “From Mughalsarai, there will be a second eastward leg for another 126km up to Sonnagar in Bihar. However, the fate of the further eastward stretch from Sonnagar to Dankuni in Bengal, stretching over 538km, is still uncertain,” she wrote.