The Railways’ two large ticket tasks — the Dedicated Freight Corridor and the bullet practice venture — aimed toward a modal shift in rail operations within the nation is not going to be delayed regardless of the coronavirus disaster, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav mentioned right now.
His assertion comes at a time when most infrastructure tasks within the nation are going through delays as a result of lockdown, coupled with the paucity of labour and the financial stoop.
The Rs 81,000 crore Dedicated Freight Corridor, which is the Railways” single-largest developmental venture at present underway, consists of the Eastern DFC, a 1,839-km freight line from Ludhiana in Punjab to Dankuni close to Kolkata, West Bengal, and the 1483-km WDFC or western hall connecting India”s capital Delhi and its financial hub Mumbai.
According to newest knowledge offered by DFCCIL on Wednesday, the company has accomplished 56 per cent of its contractual work on WDFC and 60 per cent on EDFC.
The company mentioned 99 % of the required land has been acquired. The completion of the venture, scheduled for December 2021, is ready to decongest the Railway community by transferring round 70 % of products trains to those corridors.
“It was a very good decision on part of the DFCCIL (Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited) to keep their labourers in camps around the worksite and providing them with basic amenities thus ensuring that not many of them returned home. This way the work has not stopped, only slowed down a bit, and since there is still time till December 2021 (the deadline), I expect we will not be delayed,” Mr Yadav mentioned.
According to the DFCCIL, that they had round 40,000 employees at their worksites in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra which primarily was diminished to round 15,000 employees in the course of the lockdown resulting in a slowdown in its work. Its managing director wrote to the states, requesting them to make sure that employees are allowed to maneuver from the camps to the worksites, even arranging e passes for them. The company additionally employed locals to complement the employees accessible with them.
Now, DFCCIL can also be facilitating the motion of its labourers again to the worksite on trains and buses and within the final month has introduced round 7,000 extremely skilled workmen again from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The newest tally, officers say is round 22,000 employees on the DFC items.
The completion of the DFC and the resultant decongestion of the railway community can also be important for the start of the 151 personal practice companies in April 2023.
“By the time the private trains begin operations, we would have completed all our infrastructure work. We are doing a lot of infrastructure work of doubling and tripling which would address the congestion issues that these trains might face,” he mentioned when requested concerning the congestion on the trunk routes.
The different a lot awaited venture — the Mumbai-Ahmedabad excessive pace hall — which has a deadline of December 2023 has needed to take care of points starting from protests by landowners and rising value of the venture as a result of widening hole between the Indian rupee and the Japanese yen, as 80% of the Rs 1 trillion wanted to fund the venture will come from a 20-year Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) mortgage. The venture is being carried out by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL).
The company which offered the most recent standing report of the venture to PTI, mentioned it has floated 68 per cent of its civil works tenders protecting 345 kms out of 508 kms together with a separate tender for fabrication of 28 metal bridges for the excessive pace hall in Maharashtra.
While the joint measurement survey of the land required for the venture is sort of on the verge of completion, the company has acquired 60 per cent land wanted for the venture ( about 77% land in Gujarat, 80% in Dadar Nagar Haveli and 22% in Maharashtra), in line with the NHSRCL.
“In the bullet train project on the other hand, physical work is still to begin. However, the tendering process is on and land acquisition is presently underway,” Mr Yadav mentioned.
A pre-bid assembly to resolve bidders’ question was additionally organized in the course of the lockdown interval via video conferencing. Mr Yadav mentioned whereas the Railways’ income from passenger visitors has been affected as a result of pandemic, freight loading will improve its earnings by the yr finish.
“Due to the fact that passenger trains are off the network, there is a lot of track available for freight trains. This year, freight traffic will be 50 per cent more than last years thereby enhancing the Railways’ earnings despite the pandemic. During the lockdown and even currently we are working on our infrastructure to ensure that we remove bottle necks. We have utilised this opportunity to finish 200 of our pending works and utilised the opportunity for multi-tracking, doubling,” he mentioned.