|Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor|
|Status||397 km - Operational|
1,442 km - Under construction
|Locale||Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal|
Dankuni, West Bengal
|Line length||1,839 km (1,143 mi)|
|Track gauge||5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) Indian broad gauge|
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.
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).
This corridor is divided into multiple sections for contracting purposes.
|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 ||Tata Projects India- Aldesa Group||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||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||PPP Model|
|Dadri-Khurja||46||Dadri-Khurja||Operational||GMR Group||2021 June|
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. It will be manned by 150 people and the facility is spread across 4.2 acres.