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PM inaugurates a dedicated 351 km freight corridor in UP, hits previous governments

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 351 km New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) and Operation Control Center (OCC) in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh via video conference on Tuesday.

Speaking at the inauguration, the prime minister also accused previous governments of delaying the dedicated freight corridor project and ignoring modernization of the railways.

“Our past experiences tell us that infrastructure projects related to the country’s development should be kept out of politics. The country’s infrastructure is not tied to the ideology of any party. It is not for five years, but a mission to benefit the people of the country ”.

The prime minister also stressed that this project was the living example of his government’s work culture, since the charter project received permission in 2006 but the government at the time lacked the “seriousness and urgency” with which it should approach it. with the states. However, he added, “until 2014, not a single km of project track was laid and the sanctioned funds could not be properly spent. After 2014, it was restarted and the officials asked that it be carried forward and by then the budget had multiplied by 11 ”.

The 351 km stretch of Khurja – Bhaupur in eastern DFC, Uttar Pradesh, is built at a cost of Rs 5.750 million.

The new stations in this section are Bhaupur, Kanchausi, Achalda, Ekdil, Bhadan, Makhanpur, Tundla, Hathras, Daudkan and Khurja. Some of the important industrial areas that comprise this section are Aligarh, Khurja, Firozabad and Agra, the Ministry of Railways said.

“The Dedicated Freight Corridor will reform the transportation sector and create more capacity on the trunk routes of the Indian Railways, as freight trains will be able to move freely through the Dedicated Freight Corridor without any restriction imposed by the movement of goods. passenger trains, “the ministry said Tuesday. .

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