The Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is seen as a “game changer” for India in the 21st century, said Prime Minister Narendra while dedicating the 306-km Rewari-Madar section of the Western DFC to the nation and flagging off the double stack long haul container train on this route through video-conference on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said that the DFC is not only the route for modern freight trains but also a corridor for rapid development of the country. These corridors will form the basis of development of new growth centres and growth points in different cities of the country, he said.
Rewari is in Haryana while Madar is in Rajasthan’s Ajmer.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, as well as Governors of both the states, and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, were among those who attended the online event.
PM Modi said the ‘mahayagya’ to modernise the country’s infrastructure has gained a new momentum. He listed out several initiatives to modernise the country amid the pandemic, including several projects launched in the last 12 days such as DBT to farmers, National Mobility Card in Airport Express Line, and the inauguration of AIIMS Rajkot and IIM Sambalpur.
The Prime Minister said that since the launch of the New Bhaupur-New Khurja section, the average speed of the freight train has tripled in that section. With the flagging off of the first double stacked container freight train from New Ateli in Haryana to New Kishanganj in Rajasthan, India has joined a list of select nations in the world, the PM said, while lauding the efforts of the engineers and their team. He said this corridor will bring new opportunities and new hopes for everyone, especially farmers, entrepreneurs and merchants of Rajasthan.
Modi said the Eastern Freight Corridor has also started showing how they are boosting the strength of different parts of the country. He said the Western Freight Corridor will make farming and allied businesses in Haryana and Rajasthan easier and also impart new energy into cities like Mahendragarh, Jaipur, Ajmer and Sikar.
CM Ashok Gehlot said that “irrespective of the party ruling the government, the expansion of railways, the development of railways has been top priority and should continue to be so. This will strengthen the economy and also (benefit) all the passengers.”
Gehlot also said that Rajasthan is fortunate to have 42 per cent of the corridor passing through it.