Phase 1 of railway’s game-changing freight corridor network will be ready by November
The first phase of the 81,000 crore shipping lanes is expected to be completed in November. Once opened, the western and eastern corridors will reduce travel time between Delhi, Mumbai, Delhi and Huraa, China’s two biggest railways, for travelers and goods. The 1,500-km-long western shipping corridor from Dadri, near Delhi, stretches to Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port in Mumbai and the 1,800 km east corridor from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankoni in West Bengal.
We will make 432 kilometers part of the western corridor and 343 kilometers of the eastern corridor running by November.
All cargo traffic that is currently on the rail lines between Delhi, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata will be moved to these passages in parts to reduce the existing lines. The Delhi-Mumbai railway is very busy now because of the high volume of container traffic, slowing down the passenger train, and the Delhi-Kolkata railway route runs through the coal belt in Jharkhand, which has a high density of carrier coal.
These trains remove coal from the warheads in Jharkhand and bring it to power plants in the northern and western parts of the country. The 3,300-kilometer long lanes are to be completed to connect the mainland with ports on the country’s western and eastern shores by 2020.
The second phase of the project will be opened in 2019 and will complete construction in 2020.
Target completion of the project, which began work in 2010, was from 2016 to 17 but was delayed due to land tenure obstacles, environmental licenses and the slow pace of Indian rail and freight forwarding company. Project progress is being monitored closely by the Prime Minister’s Office, officials said.
Indian Railways has already acquired more than 98% of the 11,000 hectares of land needed for the project and will pay approximately Rs.15 crore as compensation for the acquired land. The construction of the Western Corridor is funded entirely by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which has provided Rs 33,000 crore as a soft loan. The Eastern Corridor is partially funded by the World Bank.
Once these corridors are operational, the lanes of the national carrier’s cargo capacity will increase to about 2,300 million tons, up from 1200 million tons at present, and help reduce the cost of transporting goods.