Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
Overview
Status397 km - Operational
1,442 km - Under construction
OwnerIndian Railways
LocalePunjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal
TerminiLudhiana, Punjab
Dankuni, West Bengal
Service
TypeFreight rail
SystemIndian Railways
Operator(s)DFCCIL
Technical
Line length1,839 km (1,143 mi)
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Indian broad gauge
Route map

Ludhiana
Dhandharikalan
Sirhind
Rajpura
Ambala
Yamunanagar
Kalanaur
Saharanpur
Muzaffarnagar
Meerut
Hapur
Bulandshahr
Khurja
Dadri
Aligarh
Hathras
Barhan
Tundla
Etawah
Bhaupur
for Kanpur
Manauri
for Allahabad
Chheoki/Karchhana
for Allahabad
Jeonathpur
for Varanasi
Mughalsarai
Ganjkhwaja
Dehri-on-Sone
Son Nagar
Gomoh
Andal
Dankuni

Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor or Eastern DFC is a freight specific railway under construction in northern to eastern India by the Indian Railways. The railway will run between Ludhiana in Punjab and Dankuni (near Kolkata) in West Bengal via Khurja in Uttar Pradesh. The railway is one of the multiple freight corridors. For the railway line, broad gauge will be used. The Eastern DFC will mostly have double tracks and will be electrified, but the section from Ludhiana to Khurja (365 km) will be single line electrified due to lack of space. This freight corridor will cover a total distance of 1,839 km. This corridor is having a 46 km branch line which is joining Khurja (Bulandshahr district) on the Eastern DFC with Dadri (Gautam Buddha Nagar district) on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (Western DFC).

First two DFCs, Western DFC, from Dadri, Uttar Pradesh to JNPT (Navi Mumbai) and Eastern DFC from Punjab to West Bengal, which will decongest railway network by moving 70% of India's goods trains to these two corridors, are both on track for completion in December 2021. However due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which caused lockdowns, curfews and restrictions, it resulted in delays in work due to lack of labour. Construction is in full swing in both of the DFCs, as of August 2021, and these two DFCs are expected to be completed by 2022-end. 99% required land for these 2 DFCs have been acquired, and 60% of Western DFC and 30% of Eastern DFC are complete, as of July 2021.

Route

The freight corridor will cover first 447 km of Ludhiana - Dhari - Khurja section with single electrified track. After this the remaining line will be double track electrified up to Dankuni in West Bengal. This will pass through the important districts of Sahnewal, Doraha, Ludhiana, Sirhind, Rajpura, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Barhan, Tundla, Firozabad, Etawah, Kanpur, Prayagraj and Chandauli. To reduce load over the main line, this line will have many junctions. The proposed junctions on this line are Dhandharikalan, Sirhind, Rajpura, Khalanaur, Khurja, Daudkhan, Tundla, Bhaupur, Prempur, Karchhana, Jeonathpur, Mughalsarai Junction railway station, Ganjkhwaja, Sasaram, Dehri On Sone, Son Nagar, Gomoh, Andal, Bardhaman and Dankuni (The eastern terminal point).

Eastern DFC
State Distance Covered
Punjab 88
Haryana 72
Uttar Pradesh 1076
Bihar 236
Jharkhand 199
West Bengal 202
Total 1873

Construction

This corridor is divided into multiple sections for contracting purposes.[1]

Eastern DFC
Section Distance in km Route Status Project contractor Completion Date
Ludhiana - Khurja 365 Ludhiana-Ambala-Yamunanagar-Saharanpur-Muzaffarnagar-Meerut-Hapur-Bulandshahr-Khurja Under construction GMR Group 2022 March
Khurja - Bhaupur (near Kanpur) 351 Khurja-Aligarh-Hathras-Tundla-Etawah-Bhaupur Operational [2] Tata Projects India- Aldesa Group[3][4] 2020 December
Bhaupur (near Kanpur) - Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar 402 Bhaupur-Prempur-Manauri (near Prayagraj)-Chheoki East/ Karchhana west (near Prayagraj) - Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar Under construction GMR Group[5] 2022 June
Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar - Sonnagar 137 Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay Nagar- Dehri On Sone-Sonnagar Under construction C&C Construction Gurgaon and BSCPL 2021 December
Sonnagar - Dankuni 538 Sonnagar-Gomoh-Dankuni Under construction[6] PPP Model
Dadri-Khurja 46 Dadri-Khurja Operational GMR Group 2021 June
Total 1839

Operations control center (OCC)

Built by Alstom at Prayagraj, OCC will house command and control center to monitor all trains and power supply systems on Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor.[7] It will be manned by 150 people and the facility is spread across 4.2 acres.[8][9]

Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor of India
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor of India

See also

References

  1. ^ Rlys’ reluctance to cede control delays $1-billion World Bank loan | Business Line. Thehindubusinessline.com (3 April 2013). Retrieved on 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Bhaupur and Khurja section of DFC to be ready by November: DFCCIL". The Economic Times. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  3. ^ Kanwar, Disha (24 January 2013). "DFCC awards Rs 3,300 cr Khurja-Bhaupur contract to Tata Aldesa JV". Business Standard India. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Work on Eastern dedicated freight corridor project begins". The Hindu. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ Thakur, Raghav (13 June 2016). "More Indian freight corridor contracts awarded". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  6. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/long-before-announcement-work-for-freight-corridor-on/articleshow/80637845.cms
  7. ^ "PM Modi inaugurates EDFC's Operation Control Centre at Prayagraj". RailPost.in. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  8. ^ "PM to inaugurate the New Bhaupur- New Khurja section and the Operation Control Centre of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor on 29 December". pib.gov.in. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  9. ^ Jacob, Shine (7 September 2020). "Prayagraj to house the nerve centre of automated goods train running system". Business Standard India. Retrieved 5 March 2021.