Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dedicated Freight Corridor

Dedicated Freight Corridor Project comprising the Eastern Corridor (Ludhiana-Dankuni) and the Western corridor (Jawahrlal Nehru Port Terminal to Tughlakabad/Dadri) have been sanctioned by the Government and is under implementation.

Final Location Survey for the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and for Ludhiana-Sonnagar Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor has been completed. Notification for Land Acquisition under Section 20A of Railway (Amendment) Act, 2008 have been issued for about 2400 kilometers for both the corridors. First construction contract for 105 kilometers in Eastern Corridor and for 54 major and important bridges on Western Corridor has also been awarded. Negotiation for funding with World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are in progress. The project is targeted to be completed by 2016-17 subject to availability of funds and timely availability of land.

The Ministry of Railways is trying their best for early finalization of the main loan agreements with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA). The land acquisition process is also being expedited for early implementation of the project. The project is of high priority and is being monitored intensively.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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