Come this October, the Ministry of Railways is likely to announce three new Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) for swift transportation of freight moment across the highly dense routes in India. The Railway Board has already proposed the East Coast, East-West and North-South corridors.
These corridors are: Vijayawada-Kharagpur covering 1,107 km, Mumbai-Kharagpur covering 2,328 km, and Chennai-Delhi covering 2,327 km.
GVL Satyakumar, Executive Director, Railway Board, said, “The total outlay for these three DFCs is around Rs 3 lakh crore. We have already sent recommendations for these three DFCs and the government is scrutinising the same.”
According to Satyakumar, the land acquisition will be as per the Railways Land Acquisition Act (2008), and a proper compensation package will be worked out for project-affected people.
When asked about the rationale behind these three DFCs, Satyakumar mentioned that most of the current routes (that include Nagpur to Kharagpur) are highly dense in terms of freight movement, and creating new DFCs were the only option in front of the government.
He specially mentioned about the importance of implementing the East Coast corridor, due to the presence of ports and existence of mining activities.
Currently, the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Power are at loggerheads for the movement of coal from source. It is expected that the envisaged DFCs will ease freight movement, not withholding passenger movement, as well as address the coal evacuation issue.