NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the New Bhaupur- New Khurja section and the Operation Control Centre of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor today through video conference. Union Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed happiness on seeing the modern rail infrastructure project getting implemented on the ground. He said today when the first goods train runs in the Khurja Bhaupur freight corridor we can hear the roar of Self-reliant India.
The Prime Minister said Infrastructure is the biggest source of any nation’s strength. He said as India is moving fast towards the path of becoming a big economic power, then the best connectivity is the priority of the country. He said the Government is working on every aspect of modern connectivity for the last six years with this in mind. He said the Government is focussing on the five wheels of highways, railways, airways, waterways, and i-ways. He said today’s inauguration of a large section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is a big step in this direction.
The Prime Minister stressed the need for these dedicated freight corridors. He said as the population grew, the Economy grew, the demand for freight increased manifold. He said since both Passenger trains and Goods trains ply on the same track, the speed of the goods train is slow. He said when the speed of the goods train is slow, and there is an interruption in place, obviously, the cost of transportation will be high. He added being expensive, our products lose the competition in our markets of the country as well as abroad. He said the Dedicated Freight Corridor was planned to change this situation.
Initially, 2 Dedicated Freight Corridors were planned. Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni. This route has coal mines, Thermal power plants, and industrial cities. Feeder routes are also being made for these. Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust to Dadri. In this corridor, ports like Mundra, Kandla, Pipavav, Dawri, and Hazira would be served through feeder routes. He said the Industrial corridor of Delhi-Mumbai and Amritsar-Kolkata are being developed around both these Freight Corridor. He said similarly North to south and east to west Corridors are also being planned.
The Prime Minister said with such dedicated freight corridors problems of delayed passenger trains would be resolved. Due to this speed of the freight train also would increase 3 times and would be able to carry double the volume of goods. He added when goods trains arrive on time the cost of our Logistics Network would be cheaper.
The Prime Minister said Industry, businessmen, farmers, or consumers, everyone is going to benefit from this dedicated freight corridor. He said the freight corridor will boost eastern India which is left behind industrially. He said about 60 per cent of the corridor falls in UP. It would attract a lot of industries towards UP. He said Kisan Rail would be benefited due to this dedicated freight corridor. Farmers can send their produce through rail to any big markets across the country, safely and at a low price. Now through this Freight corridor, their produce would reach even faster.