Construction of dedicated freight corridor will begin in 2009

Construction of dedicated freight corridor will begin in 2009

New Delhi: Construction work of the ambitious dedicated freight corridor project would kick-off from January 2009, a conference here on ‘Upgradation and expansion of Railways´ was informed.

“We will start with a 100 km stretch on the eastern corridor at an investment of Rs750 crore from January next year," said Managing Director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) V.K. Kaul.

He said that commissioning of the critical stretches of the entire project on both the corridors would be over by 2015-16 adding that all the major challenges to the project like alignment of the track while passing through densely populated areas and through forests have been resolved.

“Besides, every effort would be taken to ensure smooth passage of traffic on the existing network during construction work as the corridor would mostly run parallel to the existing tracks," he said.

The project, spanning over 2,762 km, will entail an investment of over Rs28,000 crore to Rs37,000 crore.

The corporation has already 70% of the land available on the eastern corridor.

The ambitious high-speed corridor project will connect Sonnagar to Ludhiana in the eastern corridor and from Mumbai to Tughlakabad-Dadri in the western corridor with interlinking of two corridors at Khurja.

Recently, the Cabinet has given its nod for extension of eastern corridor from Sonngar to Dankuni in West Bengal.

The total area required for the project on both the corridors stands at 12,500 hectares.

Railways expect a nine per cent return on investment from the western corridor and 15% from the eastern corridor.