PM inaugurates new Bhaupur-Khurja section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Bhaupur-Khurja section and the Operation Control Centre of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on 29 December 2020.
This dedicated freight corridor was built at a cost of Rs 5,750 crore. Initially two Dedicated Freight Corridors were planned. The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni which has coal mines, thermal power plants and industrial cities. Feeder routes are also being made for these.
The second freight corridor is the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to Dadri. In this corridor, ports like Mundra, Kandla, Pipavav, Dawri and Hazira would be served through feeder routes. The industrial corridors of Delhi-Mumbai and Amritsar-Kolkata are being developed around both these freight corridors. Similarly, north to south and east to west corridors are also being planned.
With such dedicated freight corridors, problems of delayed passenger trains would be resolved. The speed of the freight train also will increase three times and be able to carry double the volume of goods.