Western Dedicated Freight Corridor will be a boon for nation: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Rewari-Madar Section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, via videoconferencing, in New Delhi on January 07, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the New Rewari-New Madar section of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and flagged off the world’s first 1.5-km-long electrified double stack long haul container train.

Mr. Modi said the project was part of the mission to modernise the country’s infrastructure and was being seen as a game changer for the India of 21 century. The section, which became operational after a hard work of five to six years, would be beneficial to farmers, industrialists and businessmen in the National Capital Region, Haryana and Rajasthan.

The corridor would lead to the development of growth centres and points in several cities, creation of job opportunities and conditions attracting more investments. It would give a new fillip to the local industries and manufacturing units by providing them faster and cheaper access to the national and international markets. They would get easy access to the ports in Gujarat and Maharashtra, he noted.

A portion of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, the New Bhaupur-New Khurja section was started last month and through it, farm products were being transported from Punjab and coal from Jharkhand was being supplied to the National Capital Region, Haryana and Punjab. Compared to the previous freight train average speed of 25 km/hour, the maximum of 90 km/hour had now been achieved, Mr. Modi pointed out.

In all, 133 railway stations in nine States would be impacted by the Dedicated Freight Corridor. New multi-model logistic parks, freight terminals, container depots/terminals, parcel hubs and other big facilities would be developed at these places. It would not only benefit villages, farmers, the poor and the small businesses, but also attract big manufacturers, he observed.

Infrastructure modernisation

The modernisation of infrastructure would further improve the national economy, by ensuring growth in the allied sectors and creating employment opportunities. With the launch of the double stack long haul container train between New Ateli in Haryana and New Kishanganj in Rajasthan, India had also entered the club of nations with such high capabilities, he stated.

Given the rapid infrastructural expansion, all the Northeast State capitals would soon be linked to the national rail network. The work of indigenously developing high-speed tracks was also under way.

Earlier, the Prime Minister listed several initiatives, including a digital payment of ₹18,000 crore to farmers under the direct benefit transfer scheme, national common mobility card and driver-less metro in Delhi and light house projects in six cities, taken by the government in the past couple of weeks, to highlight the speed with which important projects were being implemented despite the COVID-19 induced crisis.

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