Prime Minister Modi to open the New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the Eastern Freight Corridor on December 29
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ‘New Bhaupur – New Khurja section’ of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) on December 29 at 11am via video conference.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Modi will also inaugurate EDFC’s Operations Control Center (OCC) in Prayagraj.
The Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and the Minister of the Union, Piyush Goyal, will also be present on the occasion.
EDFC’s 351 km New Bhaupur – New Khurja section is located in Uttar Pradesh and was built at a cost of Rs 5,750 crore. The section will open up new perspectives of opportunities for local industries such as aluminum industry (Pukhrayan region of Kanpur Dehat district), dairy sector (Auraiya district), textile / block printing production (Etawah district), the glassware industry (Firozabad district), ceramics. products (Khurja of Bulandshahr district), production of asafoetida or ‘hing’ (Hathras district) and locks and hardware (Aligarh district). The section will also decongest the existing Kanpur – Delhi main line and allow Indian Railways to run faster trains.
“A state-of-the-art Operations Control Center (OCC) in Prayagraj will act as the command center for the entire EDFC route. The OCC is one of the largest structures of its kind in the world, with modern interiors, ergonomic design and best-in-class acoustics. The building is environmentally friendly with a GRIHA4 green building rating and is built according to the ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ standards, ”said the PMO.
The EDFC, which is planned on a 1,856 km route, begins in Sahnewal near Ludhiana in Punjab and will pass through the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to finish in Dankuni in West Bengal.
It is being built by Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), which has established itself as a special purpose vehicle to build and operate dedicated freight corridors.
DFCCIL is also building the Dedicated Western Freight Corridor (1,504 km route) connecting Dadri in Uttar Pradesh with the port of Jawaharlal Nehru in Mumbai and will traverse the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.