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Laying Down the Tracks of Development and Connectivity

Government of India has taken up the construction of two Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC) namely the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) from Ludhiana, Punjab to Sonnagar, Bihar (1337 Km) and the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC) from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal, Maharashtra to Dadri, Uttar Pradesh (1506 Km).

Starting from scratch in 2014, 886 km of work (66.27%) on EDFC, and 863 km of work (57.30%) on WDFC has been completed (as on March 22, 2023). The remarkable progress can be gauged from a 9.6 times increase in expenditure incurred (including land for these projects) from Rs. 10,357 crores in 2013-14 to Rs. 99,872 crores as on March 22, 2023.

These corridors are expected to boost industrial activities and facilitate the development of new industrial hubs and townships. The logistic sector will also benefit from the development of New Freight terminals, Multimodal Logistic Parks and Inland Container Depots creating direct and indirect employment in the project-influence areas.

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