Union Minister of State of Railways Shri Suresh Angadi, on Nov 15 2019, inspected the soon-to-be-commissioned Tunda-Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), which will stretch from Punjab’s Ludhiana to Howrah in Bengal and be completed by December 2021.
- He said, in the coming days, India will become the “manufacturing hub of the world”.
- The 194-km long fully electrified rail route between New Bhadan and Khurja in Uttar Pradesh, part of the Eastern DFC, will carry mostly iron and coal to Mughal Sarai, Tatanagar and Chakradharpur among other destinations.
- The minister said, with the dedicated freight corridor (DFC), the logistical cost on this route will decrease from 14 per cent to 7 per cent.
- The commissioning of the corridor would enable the decongestion of existing over-saturated paths which, in turn, would result in improving punctuality of passenger trains.
- He also inspected New Track Construction machine at work and released the DFC Working timetable for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor’s Bhadan – Khurja section.
- The minister also inspected the relay room at New Tundla Junction of the Eastern DFC.
- He tweeted,”The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor aims to create one of the biggest freight operations in the world.”