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Introduction

 

The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor with a route length of 1839 km consists of two distinct segments: an electrified double-track segment of 1392 km between Dankuni in West Bengal & Khurja in Uttar Pradesh & an electrified single-track segment of 447 km between Ludhiana (Dhandarikalan) - Khurja - Dadri in the state of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Due to non - availability of space along the existing corridor particularly near important city centers and industrial townships, the alignment of the corridor takes a detour to bypass densely populated towns such as Mughalsarai, Allahabad, Kanpur, Etawah, Ferozabad, Tundla, Barhan, Hathras, Aligarh, Hapur, Meerut, Saharanpur, Ambala, Rajpura, Sirhind, Doraha and Sanehwal. Since the origin and destinations of traffic do not necessarily fall on the DFC, a number of junction arrangements have been planned to transfer traffic from the existing Indian Railway Corridor to the DFC and vice versa. These include Dankuni, Andal, Gomoh, Sonnagar, Ganjkhwaja, Mughalsarai, Jeonathpur, Naini/Cheoki, Prempur, Bhaupur, Tundla, Daudkhan, Khurja, Kalanaur, Rajpura, Sirhind and Dhandarikalan. The following table depicts the distance traversed through each state.

Eastern DFC

States

KMs

Punjab

88

Haryana

72

Uttar Pradesh

1049

Bihar

93

West Bengal/Jharkhand

538

Total

1839



The Eastern Corridor will traverse 6 states and is projected to cater to a number of traffic streams - coal for the power plants in the northern region of U.P., Delhi, Harayana, Punjab and parts of Rajasthan from the Eastern coal fields, finished steel, food grains, cement, fertilizers, lime stone from Rajasthan to steel plants in the east and general goods. The total traffic in UP direction is projected to go up to 116 million tonnes in 2021-22. Similarly, in the Down direction, the traffic level has been projected to increase to 28 million tons in 2021-22. As a result, the incremental traffic since 2005-2006, works out to a whopping 92 million tons. A significant part of this increase would get diverted to the Dedicated Freight Corridor.

The Eastern DFC will be executed in a phased manner. The World Bank funding is being planned in three tranches APL1 for Khurja- Kanpur, APL2 for Kanpur-Mughalsarai and APL3 for Khurja-Ludhiana. The Loan Agreement for APL1 between World Bank and DFCCIL has been executed for USD 975 million.

As per RITES project report, the traffic that would move on the Eastern DFC, excluding the base year traffic (2005-06), is projected as below


TRAFFIC PROJECTIONS ON EASTERN DFC
(in million tons/year)

Direction/Commodity

2016-17

2021-22

  UP Direction

 

 

            Power House coal

54.46

61.96

            Public Coal

0.61

0.95

            Steel

8.24

9.74

            Others

1.61

2.96

            Logistic Park

1.20

2.40

  Sub-Total

66.12

78.01

 

 

 

   Down Direction

 

 

            Fertilizer

0.23

0.42

            Cement

0.78

1.52

            Limestone for the 
            Steel Plants

4.99

5.00

            Salt

0..68

1.03

            Others

1.61

2.96

            Logistic Park

1.20

2.40

   Sub-Total

9.48

13.32

 

 

 

Grand Total

75.60

91.33

Rites Report: Table 14.3. of Eastern Corridor PETS Report




It is also proposed to set up Logistics Park at Kanpur in U.P. and Ludhiana in Punjab. These parks are proposed to be developed on Public Private Partnership mode by creating a sub-SPV for the same. DFCCIL proposes to provide rail connectivity to such parks and private players would be asked to develop and provide state of the art infrastructure as a common user facility.

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Land Acquisition at a Glance


Alignment Layout

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Contract Strategies

Contract Strategy for Eastern Corridor World Bank funded portion will be generally on following lines:

Procurement Guidelines:  For consultancy work guidelines for selection and employment of consultant under IBRD loans and IDA Credits and Grant by World Bank borrowers issued in January 2011 will be applicable. For procurement of goods and works procurement guidelines under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits and Grant by World Bank borrowers issued in January 2011 will be applicable.

Procurement of Works:  Procurement of works will be two stages bidding after prequalification. Prequalification of bidders will be done on the basis of standard prequalification document of World Bank. Bid document will be generally as per standard bidding document for procurement of plant design, supply and installation issued by World Bank with general conditions based on FIDIC Yellow Book.
Bank financing for the Eastern DFC Program would be provided under an Adoptable Program Loan (APL) in three phases. Each phases of the APL would be comprised of a loan for one of the three sections and a continuing program of technical assistance for IR and DFCCIL. The sequence of the loans is envisaged to be: APL 1 for Khurja - Kanpur; APL 2 for Kanpur - Mughalsarai and APL 3 for Ludhiana - Khurja - Dadri, with about a one year lag between these APL phases.

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Technological Innovations

 

DFC will build its two corridors with appropriate technology that will enable Indian Railways to regain its market share of freight transport by creating additional capacity, efficient, reliable, safe and cheaper options for mobility to its customers. To achieve these objectives, DFCC will encourage use of latest technological innovations in the area of track, electrification, signaling and train operations. All DFC contracts will be Design-Build contracts to permit new technologies to be adopted on DFC corridors.

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