DFCC (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Economy - Infrastructure)

News-CRUX-10     16th October 2023        

Context: The Ministry of Railways and its undertaking, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCC), have recently been exploring a different revenue model for the latter due to the burdensome 18% goods and services tax (GST) obligation on the corporation's current operations.

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCC)

  • About: This railway corridor is designed with a primary focus on high-speed and high-capacity freight transportation.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Railways
  • Reduced Passenger Train Interference: Unlike conventional rail lanes, where goods trains often have to yield to passenger trains, this corridor eliminates such delays in freight movement.

Freight Corridors
Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC)

  • The distance from Ludhiana, Punjab, to Dankuni, West Bengal, spans 1,760 km.
  • EDFC Route: Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.
  • Funding: Provided by the World Bank.

Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC)

  • Distance: Dadri, U.P, and Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai, is 1,468 kms.
  • Route: Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Funding: Provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Other Corridors

  • North-South (Delhi-Tamil Nadu),
  • East-West (West Bengal-Maharashtra),
  • East-South (West Bengal-Andhra Pradesh)&
  • South-South (Tamil Nadu-Goa).
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