PM inaugurates New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor
04 January 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the New Bhaupur-New Khurja section and the Operation Control Centre of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor through video conference.
Union Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.
The prime minister expressed happiness on seeing the modern rail infrastructure project getting implemented on the ground and the first goods train runs in the Khurja Bhaupur freight corridor.
He said the Prayagraj Operation Control center is one of the modern control centers and a symbol of the new strength of the new 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. He said the gGovernment is focusing on the five wheels of highways, railways, airways, waterways and i-ways. He said today’s inauguration of a large section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is a big step in this direction.
The prime minister stressed on the need for these dedicated freight corridors. He said as the population grew, economy grew, the demand on 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 interruption in place, obviously the cost of transportation will be high. Being expensive, our products lose out in the competition in the domestic and foreign markets.
He said the Dedicated Freight Corridor was planned to change this situation. Initially 2 Dedicated Freight Corridors were planned – the . Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor and the Western dedicated Freight Corrior. The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor from Ludhiana to Dankuni route has coal mines, thermal power plants and industrial cities. Feeder routes are also being made for these.
The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor from Jawaharlal Nehru Port to Dadri has ports like Mundra, Kandla, Pipavav, Dawri and Hazira served through feeder routes. He said the industrial corridor of Delhi-Mumbai and Amritsar-Kolkata are being developed around both these Freight Corridors.
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, our goods will be cheaper, and it would benefit our exports. He said it would create a better atmosphere, Ease of Doing business would increase and India would become an attractive place to invest and many new opportunities for self-employment will also be created.
He said industry, businessmen, farmers or consumers, everyone is going to benefit from this dedicated freight corridor. The freight corridor will boost the economy of 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 benefit from this dedicated freight corridor. Farmers can send their produce through rail to any big markets across the country, safely and at lower cost. Now through this freight corridor their produce would reach even faster. In Uttar Pradesh a lot of storage and cold storage facilities have come up due to Kisan Rail.
The prime minister lamented the huge delays in the past in implementation of the Dedicated Freight Corridor. He said until the year 2014, not even a kilometer of track could be laid. He said after the formation of the government in 2014, as a result of constant monitoring and meeting with the stakeholders about 1,100 km of the work got completed in the next few months. He criticised the mentality of the previous regimes that focused on increasing the number of trains rather than the tracks on which the train was to run. Not much investment was done on modernisation of the rail network. He said this was changed with the elimination of separate rail budgets, and investing on the rail track. He said the government is focused on widening the electrification of the rail network and elimination of unmanned rail crossings.
He said reforms have been undertaken at every level in the railways like cleanliness, improved food and drink and other facilities. He said similarly a major achievement in the field of self sufficiency is made in railway related manufacturing. He said India is now building modern trains and also exporting, Varanasi is becoming a major centre for Electric Locomotives, Rail Coaches manufactured in Rae Bareli are now exported.