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Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle set up under the administrative control of Ministry of Railways to undertake planning & development, mobilization of financial resources and construction, maintenance and operation of the Dedicated Freight Corridors. DFCCIL was incorporated in October 2006 under Indian Companies Act 1956.

The plan to construct dedicated freight corridors across the country marks a strategic inflexion point in the history of Indian Railways that has essentially run mixed traffic across its network. Once completed, the dedicated freight corridors will enable Indian Railways to improve its customer orientation and meet market needs more effectively. Creation of rail infrastructure on such a scale - unprecedented in independent India – is also expected to drive the establishment of industrial corridors and logistic parks along its alignment.

In the first phase, DFCCIL will be constructing two corridors – the Western DFC and Eastern DFC- spanning a total length of about 2800 route km. The Eastern Corridor, starting from Ludhiana in Punjab will pass through the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and terminate at Son Nagar in Bihar. The Western Corridor will traverse the distance from Dadri to Mumbai, passing through the states of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

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^^ I don't see a single map of the DFCs U/C and proposed.


Eastern & Western DFCs U/C:


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The various proposed DFCs


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Apart from EDFC & WDFC, Preliminary Engineering Cum Traffic Surveys (PETS) have been taken up for the following DFCs:-

• East-West Corridor (Kolkata-Mumbai) - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

• North-South Corridor (Delhi-Chennai): - It will traverse through the States of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

• East Coast Corridor (Kharagpur-Vijaywada): - It will traverse through the States of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

• Southern Corridor (Chennai-Goa): - It will traverse through the States of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
 

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Govt to invite Rs 10,000-cr bids for Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor

Sudheer Pal Singh / New Delhi May 26, 2011, 0:23 IST



Work on the much-delayed dedicated railway freight corridor is expected to begin with contracts worth Rs 10,000 crore to be awarded before the end of the current financial year. The contracts would be for the western arm of the Rs 77,000-crore Dedicated Freight Corridor project.

The western arm includes the 1,500-kilometre-long Delhi-Mumbai stretch that is expected to ease and ramp up Indian Railways’ freight traffic between Dadri near Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai traversing through Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.


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“Overall, Rs 10,000-crore bids would be invited by us this year for awarding civil engineering contracts for package I & II of the first phase of the western corridor. This will be followed by bids for awarding electrification and signaling works in six months,” said a senior executive of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL), a company set up in 2006 under the aegis of the railway ministry.

Freight traffic on the Golden Quadrilateral linking Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Howrah — and its two diagonals Delhi-Chennai and Mumbai-Howrah — carries more than 55 per cent of revenue earning freight traffic of Indian Railways. The existing routes of Howrah-Delhi on the eastern corridor and Mumbai-Delhi on the western are highly saturated creating the need for dedicated routes.

Once commissioned, the project would mark an inflexion point in the 150-year-old history of Indian Railways which has so far run only mixed traffic across its network, failing to capture the high demand for freight movement. The corridor would enable freight trains to run at an average speed of over 65 kmph as against 22 kmph currently. The government also plans to develop a Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) with manufacturing zones along the freight corridor. The western corridor is being developed in two phases. Phase-I consists of the 950-km-long Rewari-Vadodara section. Civil engineering works for this phase is being awarded in three packages of Rewari-Ajmer, Ajmer-Palanpur and Palanpur-Vadodara. Phase-II consists of the 565-km-long Vadodara-JNPT stretch.

DFCCIL has already tied up Rs 4,500-crore funding as loan from the Japanese Bank of Industrial Cooperation for the first phase of the western corridor which is likely to be commissioned in March 2016. “Funding of Rs 11,500 crore for Phase-II is also being tied up with the Japanese government. They are currently appraising the project and the next appraisal is due in July,” the official said. Phase-II is expected to be commissioned in December 2016.

The DFCCIL executive also said the Japanese government had reaffirmed its funding commitment for the project despite the recent disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant that followed a massive earthquake in March in that country.

For developing the 1,800-km eastern corridor of the project, the company is also seeking a $2.4-billion loan from the World Bank. “The first phase loan agreement of $975 million has already been concluded. It is only left to be formally cleared by the World Bank board now,” the executive informed.
 

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current status of DFC

DFC was derailed for short duration due to Mamata factor. Now lets hope things will start moving again. JICA has agreed to provide loan for the project. Engineering consultant has been already hired for the project. PB Japan is the GC for Western DFC. Two big Civil tender are out. These will be awarded shortly. The rail systems to be adoppted for DFC has also been almost finalized. We accept the tender to be out soon. The DFC are badly needed for our country. With focus on this area coming back we hope to see lot of activities in near future. This may lead to be much needed reforms in the rialway sector in India.

Forummmers are requested to keep contributing on this thread with latest update.
 

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adam this already has a thread here
The tread you are talking is only for eastern dedicated frieght corridor so this is not contradicting. This thread is common for east and west DFC.

I made thread ealier but it is closed I don't know why. Hence I decided to restart a new thread by the same name. This is very important infrastructure project and lot of activity is expected in near future in this project as PMO has taken charge of IR now.
 

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i think india isnt at all serious about DMC......i understans that indians can do anything w/o delays but this thing is already crossing the delay mark. it wud be 2030 when we will se some phase of DMC on ground.
 

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Raigad locals say no to land for railways

The Indian Railways has issued a 30-day notice to villages in Uran in Raigad district seeking objections to acquisition of land for its ambitious national dedicated freight corridor project even as villagers threatened to intensify the agitation and not allow it to “touch” their land.

Villagers have already pressed the panic button and said that they would not allow anyone to touch their land till proper compensation and job packages are released. “We have been living here for generations. We will not allow anyone to touch the land till we are convinced. Those giving up their land have to be given jobs in Indian Railways. In addition, monetary compensation for land also has to be given,” RD Gharat, sarpanch of Kalundre, one of the affected villages, told DNA.

Another villager who did not want to be named said that the project will affect the village severely and the land will not remain useful once the project work begins. The project passes through the district as it connects the JNPT port that sees major container traffic. The project will give JNPT faster connectivity to central India and east India.

The railways said that they are in the process of approaching villagers and are confident that there would be a breakthrough.

The 2,800- kilometers-long Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project would connect the length and breadth of the country and the two corridors, eastern and western, are to be built in two phases.

The DFC project, once commissioned, would enable freight trains to run at higher speeds and enable creation of one of the largest freight operations in the world, taking containerised train traffic to more than 60%
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_raigad-locals-say-no-to-land-for-railways_1557631
 

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Japan aftershocks hit Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor

NEW DELHI: India's most ambitious infrastructure project is facing the aftershocks of Japan's earthquake and tsunami as Japanese companies, whose participation is mandatory in the Tokyo-funded Delhi-Mumbai freight corridor, are reluctant to bid for the rupee 6,000-crore project. With Japanese companies preoccupied with the reconstruction in their homeland, at least 30 Indian companies were unable to bid for the project as they couldn't find a partner from Japan to qualify for the tender for civil works for the Haryana-Gujarat leg of the project for which construction will start next March.

Only Mitsui, Sumitomo and Solitz from Japan in partnership with Indian companies such as Larsen &Toubro, Gammon and Ircon have responded to a tender issued by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp of India (DFCCIL), a company promoted by the Indian Railways. The tender, which will be awarded by the end of this year, had initially attracted 36 Indian firms. "Very few Japanese players in the infrastructure sector are willing to invest time and resources internationally, in the wake of current scenario due to the tsunami and earthquake which struck Japan earlier this year," said Construction Federation of India (CFI) Secretary General Siddharth Singh.


rupee 77,000-crore dedicated freight corridor project will build new tracks to transport containers and commodities at a maximum speeds of 100 km per hour, reducing travel time by a third in India and would create an opportunity to create one of the world's largest freight operations by adopting international technologies. Earlier, DFCCIL had invited bids by May 31 in which 36 Indian and six Japanese companies had shown interest. The dates had been postponed to June 15 as certain modalities had to be worked out.

CFI wanted the tender to be extended beyond the June 15 deadline but DFCCIL has decided to go ahead and evaluate the handful of responses it has got. It wants to implement the project on schedule and has already acquired land for 90% of the stretch. But DFFCIL officials ruled out any extension for submission of pre-qualification bids or any changes in the clause that have been laid down in the loan agreement. "There is no possibility of any extension for the bids. According to us, three bids is a good number for an overseas contract," DFCCIL director-operations & business development P N Shukla told ET. The official said that roping in Japanese companies would help in timely execution of the project.

The selected Japanese firm would have a 51% stake and would be responsible for the execution of the contract. The deferment of the project by even a year can lead to losses to the tune of rupee 3,500 crore, the official said. "International funding is important because domestic borrowing is expensive," Shukla said. He reiterated on the reliability of Japanese technology in locomotives and signaling.

The contract mandates 30% of material requirements to be sourced from Japan. CFI had raised the concern that the qualification criteria of the notification issued by DFCCIL prohibits the association of large and competent Indian construction companies to participate on their own due to the precondition to have aJapanese firm as the lead partner. The association had particularly pointed out that in case of earlier loans provided by JICA for projects such as Delhi Metro, no preconditions were stipulated.



http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-06-20/news/29679906_1_freight-corridor-dfccil-three-bids
 

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Freight corridor agency seeks more autonomy from govt

An Indian Railways subsidiary, set up to construct a 3,278km dedicated freight corridor (DFC), is demanding more autonomy from the government, saying its ability to execute the enormous project could otherwise be undermined.

The issue cropped up at meetings of the board of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp. of India Ltd (DFCCIL) on 17 and 28 June, organized to finalize bid documents for the 342km Khurja-Kanpur stretch of the DFC.

Officials from the Railway Board and the Planning Commission attended the meetings.

The demand for more autonomy was raised and recorded in the minutes of the meeting, but was struck down, two DFCCIL officials said, requesting anonymity.

“When the DFCCIL was incorporated in 2006, we had been delegated powers similar to any public sector undertaking,” one of these officials said. “But following allegations of misappropriation of funds in 2010, this autonomy was scaled down to the level of that of zonal railway. In other words, we have to seek the approval of the Railway Board for everything.”

In 2010, allegations of misappropriation of funds at DFCCIL led to the ouster of then managing director V.K. Kaul. In May this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case on the basis of internal vigilance reports and started probing the case.

The second DFCCIL official said total contracting for the DFC will be worth Rs.75,000-80,000 crore.

“It will be a very complex and time consuming affair if we have to start seeking the railway ministry’s approval at every stage,” he said.

The issue of more autonomy was being raised by “vested interests” in DFCCIL, said Gajendra Haldea, adviser in the Planning Commission and a member of the DFCCIL board of directors, who was present at the June board meetings. “There is no real problem,” he said.

“Agencies like the National Highways Authority of India have full powers to scrutinize and award contracts. It, therefore, doesn’t make sense that the DFCCIL should be any different,” said Abhaya Agarwal, executive director and leader, public private partnership, at the consultancy Ernst and Young. “Past allegations of corruption are no excuse to curtail powers. Moreover, funding agencies often lay conditions which include arm’s-length-control, so if the railways does not allow DFCCIL its autonomy, it might have funding issues.”

DFCCIL was set up as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) in October 2006 to construct the DFC, a network of tracks that would connect the busiest freight lanes from Mumbai to Delhi in the west and Ludhiana (Punjab) to Dankuni (West Bengal) in the east. The project was conceived in 2005. The route is proposed to be flanked by a multi-billion-dollar industrial corridor spanning several states.

While the eastern corridor is being funded with a loan from the World Bank, the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is funding the western corridor. The project is expected to decongest existing railway lines, catalyse industrial investments of around Rs.2.3 trillion and create new jobs along the rail route.

On 9 August 2010, Mint had reported that the railways has started its own probe of the alleged irregularities months after a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) probe of contracts awarded by DFCCIL.

On 14 July 2010, Mint had reported that the CVC, the government-appointed watchdog that investigates possible instances of corruption in government departments and companies, specifically looked at whether DFCCIL tampered with contract documents, hired officials who did not have appropriate qualifications, and conducted improper negotiations with bidders.

The deals being investigated were the award of a consultancy contract for the eastern corridor to a consortium of international consulting firms in September 2008 for Rs.133.86 crore; and two earth work and bridge building contracts worth Rs.781 crore and Rs.605 crore, respectively.
 

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Railways keen to complete DFC project by 2017

PATNA: The railways has been working hard to complete its dream project, the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), on a priority basis and wants to make it operational by the end of year 2017. The first deadline set for it was 2015 which was later on extended to 2020.

According to Chairman of Railway Board (CRB) Vinay Mittal, the freight corridors — east and west — would open a new chapter in the history of railways. Goods traffic would get a fillip after completion of these projects. Goods trains would run faster on these two routes, Mittal said.

Sources said the railways has already started civil work of the DFC in the eastern region. It has awarded contracts to an agency to carry out civil work on the Mughalsarai-Sonenagar route. The project would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crore in the eastern region. The eastern DFC linking Dankuni in West Bengal with Ludhiana in Punjab will prove a boon for businessmen, they said.

The Eastern Freight Corridor Project, the foundation stone of which was laid by Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at Dehri-on-Sone in February, 2009, is likely to give a boost to railways' economy by covering a distance of about 1,850km. Railways intends to keep the new alignments (tracks) of the DFC parallel to the Grand Chord tracks, sources said.

Keeping in mind the fact that goods traffic has been the mainstay of Indian Railways, yielding about 80% revenue, the railways is keen to complete it by 2017, the new deadline set by Railway Board, said a Board official, adding the proposed Eastern Freight Corridor would be a rare gift for businessmen belonging to West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Punjab as their goods would be carried to their destination without any interruption on way.

According to a Railway Board official, materials like iron, coal, cement and other minerals are being sent from Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal to other parts of the country. These states are the major recipients of other products from Punjab and Haryana. Thus, completion of this project by the end of 2017 would give a fillip to railway's economy by increasing its revenue, he said, adding the work on West Freight Corridor Project from Mumbai to Ahmedabad was also under progress.

According to sources, the railways has set up a Special Freight Corridor Corporation in New Delhi to ensure early completion of the DFC project. International agencies like Japan Bank, World Bank and Asian Development Bank have agreed to fund the project.
 

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Land issues

Calcutta, July 22: The railways are not facing any problem in acquiring land in Bengal for the eastern freight corridor as the compensation offered is better than that provided under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, R K Gupta, managing director of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation, said today.

i don't believe this.
 

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Railways zeros in on three PPP models

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL), the special purpose vehicle (SPV) formed to construct rail corridors exclusively for freight movement, has shortlisted three models of public-private partnership (PPP) for the 550-km Dankuni-Sonnagar stretch on the eastern corridor.

According to DFCCIL managing director R K Gupta, the models are design, build, finance, maintain, operate and transfer; design, build, finance, operate and transfer; and design, build, finance and maintain. Gupta said the railway ministry was yet to approve the options.




Once the ministry approves the options, DFCCIL would work out the modalities of the tender and start working on the documentation of the details of the plan. The bidding is expected to start by March 2012, while the construction is expected to be completed by 2016. The eastern freight corridor would be executed in a phased manner through a mix of World Bank funding, internal generation of the railways and PPP.

The World Bank will fund $2.7 billion in three tranches: $975 million for Khurja-Kanpur (343 km), $1.05 billion for Kanpur-Mughalsarai (390 km), $700 million for Ludhiana-Khurja (397 km). The bank has already approved the first tranche for developing the Khurja-Kanpur stretch.

The second and third tranches will be sanctioned once DFCCIL complies with ‘triggers’ like a definite progress in the ongoing project and a certain percentage of land acquisition. The 125-km Mughalsarai-Sonnagar stretch will be funded by the railway ministry, while the Sonnagar-Dankuni section will be financed through PPP.

The stretch between Sonnagar and Dankuni was added after Mamata Banerjee became the railway minister in 2009, as she intended to include her home state, West Bengal, in the corridor.

Besides, logistics parks would come up at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Ludhiana in Punjab. These parks are proposed to be developed on a PPP mode by creating a sub-SPV. DFCCIL proposes to provide rail connectivity to such parks, and private players would be asked to develop and provide infrastructure as a common user facility.

According to a study done by RITES, the projected traffic on the freight corridor in 2016-17 is 75.60 million tonnes, which is likely to increase by 20 per cent by 2021-22 to 91.33 mt.
 
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