Prayagraj: With goods trains envisaged to be running at 100 kmph, the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) is looking to decongest up to 70% freight load of the Indian Railways, which could be better utilised to run passenger trains efficiently, DFCCIL MD Mr. Anurag Sachan said.
- He said,”Our section is totally dedicated for freight transport… When 70% of the Indian Railways” traffic will migrate to our system, more high speed passenger trains such as Gatiman and Vande Bharat can be run by the Railways.”
- The passenger trains of the Indian Railways right now cannot run at more than 60-70 kmph because the same track is being used for goods transportation as well which is running at an average speed of 25 kmph.
- He was speaking during a construction site visit of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) that will run from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dhankuni near Kolkata.
- The EDFC project is estimated to be completed by December 2021 and the corridor has become partially operational.
- Mr. Sachan said DFCCIL will soon open the Kanpur to Khurja section of the EDFC for parcel services.
- He said,”As soon as we start operations in Kanpur to Khurja section, we will start the parcel project in that section.”
- The company was also planning to transport all green produces (through the dedicated corridor), he added.
- The Rs 81,000-crore (USD 12 billion) eastern and western corridor projects of DFCCIL have got USD 1.86 billion funding from World Bank’s funding arm International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).
- For the last leg Sonnagar (Bihar)-Dankuni (538Km) section of the EDFC, the Ministry of Railways has decided to complete the corridor on a Public–Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
- He said,”All our papers are ready and we have acquired the land also. Almost 90% of the land acquisition has been done.”
- The World Bank too has expressed its interest to fund the last leg of Sonnagar-Dhankuni.
- Atul Agarwal, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank Group said,”We are seeing it as an opportunity… We are not looking to replacing them, we want to be a facilitator so as to make it more sustainable model. It is a good investment.”