New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) on 29th December at 11 AM via video conferencing, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office issued on Sunday, 27th December. During the event, Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate EDFC’s Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. UP Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Union Commerce & Industries Minister Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion.
The 351 km New Bhaupur-New Khurja section of EDFC is situated in Uttar Pradesh and is built at a cost of Rs. 5,750 crores. The section is expected to open new vistas of opportunity for local industries such as the aluminium industry (Pukhrayan region of Kanpur Dehat district), dairy sector (Auraiya district), textile production/block printing (Etawah district), glassware industry (Firozabad district), pottery products (Khurja of Bulandshahr district), asafoetida or ‘hing’ production (Hathras district,) and locks and hardware (Aligarh district). The section is also expected to decongest the existing Kanpur-Delhi mainline and enable the Indian Railways to run faster trains, as per the PMO statement.
A state-of-the-art Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj will act as the command centre for the entire route length of the EDFC. The OCC is one of the largest structures of its type globally, with modern interiors, ergonomic design and best-in-class acoustics. The building is environment-friendly with a Green Building rating of GRIHA4 and is built as per norms of the ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’, the PMO stated.
The EDFC (1,856 route km) starts from Sahnewal near Ludhiana (Punjab) and will pass through the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand to terminate at Dankuni in West Bengal. It is being constructed by the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL), that has been set up as a special purpose vehicle to build and operate the Dedicated Freight Corridors. DFCCIL is also constructing the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (1,504 route km) that connects Dadri in Uttar Pradesh to Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai and will traverse through the states of UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.
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