The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has directed Central Ministries to accord highest priority to the Dedicated Freight Corridor Project. The Rs 1 lakh crore project aims to connect a land mass of 3,300 kilometers in the country.
Dr Singh also urged the States to give the project highest priority. In a meeting held in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the States agreed to constitute a monitoring committee, which will resolve issues related to the project, especially land acquisition, in an expeditious manner, a statement issued by the PMO said.
The Dedicated Freight Corridor Cooperation India Limited (DFCCIL), the nodal authority, will be overseeing the progress of work with the targeted project completion date being March 2017. The authority disclosed that 67 per cent of the land acquisition has been completed through the Railway Amendment Act 2008, and as of now, the project was, by and large, on target.
The PMO, too, will closely monitor the project’s progress so that necessary action is taken in a time-bound manner.
The project has been designed to be built into two corridors. The 1,499-km Western Corridor will start from Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Mumbai. It will connect Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra with an exclusive high-speed railway track. A major part of this corridor will be funded by the Japanese.
The 1,839-km Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal will pass through States such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Nearly two-third of this corridor will be built with World Bank assistance. The Sonnagar-Dankuni section will be executed on public-private partnership mode. Indian Railways is also investing a substantial amount in the project.
Source - The Hindu