Projects including bullet train on track despite lockdown: Railways

The completion of the DFC and the resultant decongestion of the railway network is also essential for the beginning of the 151 private train services in April 2023

Current Affairs : The Railways’ two expensive undertakings – the Dedicated Freight Corridor and the projectile train venture – focused on a modular move in rail activities in the nation won’t be deferred regardless of the coronavirus emergency, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said Wednesday.

His announcement comes when most framework ventures in the nation are confronting delays because of the lockdown, combined with the scarcity of work and the financial droop.

The Rs 81,000 crore Dedicated Freight Corridor, which is the Railways’ single-biggest formative task in progress, comprises of the Eastern DFC, a 1,839-km cargo line from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni close to Kolkata, West Bengal, and the 1483-km WDFC or western hallway interfacing India’s capital Delhi and its financial center point Mumbai.

As indicated by most recent information gave by DFCCIL on Wednesday, the office has finished 56 percent of its authoritative work on WDFC and 60 percent on EDFC.

The organization said 99 percent of the necessary land has been gained.

The finishing of the venture, booked for December 2021, is set to decongest the Railway organize by moving around 70 percent of merchandise trains to these passages.

“It was a generally excellent choice on part of the DFCCIL (Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited) to keep their workers in camps around the worksite and furnishing them with fundamental enhancements in this way guaranteeing very few of them got back. Along these lines the work has not halted, just hindered a piece, and since there is still time till December 2021 (the cutoff time), I expect we won’t be deferred, Yadav told PTI in a meeting.

As per the DFCCIL, they had around 40,000 specialists at their worksites in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra which basically was diminished to around 15,000 laborers during the lockdown prompting a log jam in its work. Its overseeing executive kept in touch with the states, mentioning them to guarantee that laborers are permitted to move from the camps to the worksites, in any event, masterminding e goes for them. The organization additionally recruited local people to enhance the laborers accessible with them.

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