News: World Bank has offered to give financial assistance to the last remaining portion of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) between Bihar’s Sonnagar and West Bengal’s Dankuni
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC)
- It is part of India’s Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) program
- involves the construction of a 1,839km-long freight line extending from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni in West Bengal.
- Implementing Agency: Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL)
- Objective: to support freight movement on the Eastern Corridor, which starts in West Bengal, and passes through the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Haryana before ending at Punjab
Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) program
- It involves the construction of six freight corridors traversing the entire country.
- Objective: To provide a safe and efficient freight transportation system.
- Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Railways
Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited: It is a special purpose vehicle established by the Ministry of Indian Railways for the construction, operation and maintenance of the dedicated freight corridors.