DFC Phase I by March Next Year

Published: 08th August 2015 03:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2015 03:42 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:For swift transportation of goods,  the country’s first dedicated freight corridor (DFC) covering a 56-km stretch between Durgauti and Sasaram in Bihar will become operational by March 2016 while the entire dedicated track will be made functional by 2019.

DFC Corporation Managing Director Adesh Sharma said on  Friday  that  Durgauti-Sasaram section in Bihar will be sanctioned on a pilot basis in the current fiscal and that it will be a double-line track and all the level crossings will be eliminated in due course as the aim is to make the entire DFC a level crossing-free track in the country.

Railways is constructing 3360-km-long track comprising both Eastern and Western corridors for exclusive movement of freight trains at an estimated cost of about Rs  82,000 crore. And it is hoping that with the completion of DFCs, freight traffic share by rail would jump to 40 to 45 per cent from the present 36 per cent .

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